Andreas Pereira: Man Utd Midfielder to Arrive in Rome Within 48 Hours

Andreas Pereira / Manchester United
Andreas Pereira / Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira will arrive in Rome over the next 48 hours before signing for Lazio, according to a report from today’s paper edition of the Rome-based newspaper Il Messaggero.

The report details how the 24-year-old Brazilian will land in the Italian capital in the coming days before undergoing his medical exams and joining the Biancocelesti. The player will sign a one-year loan deal (that includes an option to buy set at €23-23 million) with Lazio and will make around €2.2 million (including bonuses) per season.

It is important to note that Pereira’s yearly salary will be split between the two clubs; Lazio will pay 65% while the Red Devils will pay 35% of his wages for the 2020/21 campaign. Furthermore, if the Biancocelesti decide to redeem the player, the two clubs will also work on coming to an agreement which would see Manchester United receive 5-10% of his future sale.

Although the Brazilian midfielder will not be ready in time for the game against Atalanta tomorrow evening, he could possibly appear in Sunday afternoon’s clash with Inter.

Pereira joined United in 2012 for a minimal fee after brief spells with the youth clubs of Lommel United (2002–2005) and PSV Eindhoven (2005-2011). Since then, he has worked his way through the youth ranks (U18 and U23 teams) before making his debut with the first team in 2014.

After spending both the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons on loan at Spanish La Liga side Granada CF, he has since remained in Manchester, making a total of 62 appearances between the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.

However, following the arrival of Donny van de Beek, the player’s chances of first-team minutes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started to look increasingly slim; he was left out of the squad for United’s first two Premier League matches of the season.

As Lazio have been looking to further reinforce their midfield – after signing the likes of Gonzalo Escalante (on a free transfer) and Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (from Salernitana) – and as Andreas Pereira wants to play consistently (preferably with a top tier club in Europe), this is a move that satisfies all parties involved; especially due to the fact that the Biancocelesti are also in the UEFA Champions League.