Valencia owner Peter Lim will travel from Paris to Manchester this week in order to tie up a loan move for Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira, according to reports from Spain.
The Brazilian made his debut for United under Louis van Gaal back in August 2014 and went on to make 13 appearances before being loaned out to Spanish side Granada by Jose Mourinho last summer. And despite what was a dire campaign comprising of three different managers and only four wins all season, the 21-year-old dazzled, featuring out wide as well as centrally. He made 37 appearance and claimed five goals, with only Dani Ceballos – who later earned a move to Real Madrid – making more successful dribbles all season out of all players aged 21 or under.
Pereira, in response, was handed a place on United’s pre-season tour over the summer and featured regularly, impressing at No.10 against Real Madrid whilst primarily playing slightly deeper as a central midfielder. He has been promised a place in Mourinho’s first team squad this season as the Portuguese’s side fight on four different fronts but hasn’t appeared in the squad just yet.
And according to Spanish media outlet Super Deporte (via Football Espana), Valencia have been admirers of Pereira for some time and Lim, having travelled to Paris to monitor winger Goncalo Guedes during PSG’s 6-2 win over Toulouse, will now travel to Manchester to complete a season-long loan move for the Brazilian.
Pereira, however, stated in no uncertain terms earlier this summer that he would not consider going out on loan again this season, expressing a desire to remain at Old Trafford and fight for his place under Mourinho.
“No, now I am focused at United,” he said. “I am here and I want to stay here and I believe I am going to stay.”
“It is a very nice feeling (to be back), I am very happy. I am glad that I am here on the tour. I think I will have the chance to kick on and I want to kick on here.