Lazio 'Open Talks' Over Deal for Manchester United's Andreas Pereira

Sep 27, 2020, 4:00 PM GMT+1
Andreas Pereira
Pereira finally looks to be heading out of Manchester | Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

Lazio reportedly see Andreas Pereira as a serious option as they look to strengthen their squad before the transfer deadline, and have 'opened talks' with Manchester United over a deal.

The 24-year-old, who has amazingly been capped by Brazil at senior level, is no longer fancied at Old Trafford. He was a semi-regular in the early part of last season, but has been pushed down the pecking order since, and his last start of any description came in February.

The arrival of Donny van de Beek has deemed him further redundant, and he is one of a handful of fringe players the club are looking to offload before the window closes on 5 October. His underwhelming performances whenever he has featured mean there isn't exactly a queue around the block for his signature, but Sky Sports' transfer reporter Fabrizio Romano reports that they may have found a willing buyer in Lazio.

It hasn't been given the 'here we go!' treatment just yet, as Romano notes that negotiations have 'just started' between the clubs. The Italian side, though, are said to see Pereira as a serious option, and are seemingly keen to conclude a deal over the next week or so.

Romano stops short of suggesting a fee, but other reports in Italy note that any deal is likely to be an initial loan with an option to buy in the region of €10m.

Pereira showed promise in the United youth ranks upon joining from PSV in 2011, and broke into the first-team initially as a holding midfielder. He has made 75 appearances for the club, featuring all over midfield, but has struggled to hold down a place in the side.

Petar Filipovic, Andreas Pereira
Pereira's last appearance came against LASK in last season's Europa League | Michael Regan/Getty Images

He hasn't been named by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in either of United's matchday squads in 2020/21, and it's believed United would accept any reasonable bid as they look to trim down their playing squad.

Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Sergio Romero and Dan James are among others who have been linked with the exit. The latter is reportedly edging closer to a move to Leeds, who are prepared to start negotiations over the Welshman at £12m.