Crystal Palace have reportedly entered the race to sign West Bromwich Albion midfielder Matheus Pereira.
According to The Athletic, Palace are interested in signing the 25-year-old this summer as Patrick Vieira’s revolution at Selhurst Park begins to take shape.
However, he won’t come cheap. A recent report in the Express & Star claimed that the Baggies are likely to demand around £30m for Pereira, with several Premier League clubs credited with an interest in the Brazilian.
The South American creative talent had a fabulous 2020/21 campaign despite West Brom’s constant struggles near the foot of the table.
Pereira’s one-man show at times last season earned numerous admirers, including BBC pundit and former Everton midfielder Leon Osman, who praised his set-piece delivery.
“It’s a wonderful corner. We’ve seen Matheus Pereira try this a few times. He tries to find it under the crossbar, inside the goal frame, to see if anyone gets on the end of it,” said Osman.
“Matt Phillips made himself a handful for the goalkeeper, but it’s a wonderful delivery from Pereira.”
After bagging 11 goals and providing six assists in 33 top-flight appearances, it’s easy to understand why Palace are interested in signing the attacking midfielder, and news of their interest will surely have the club’s supporters absolutely buzzing.
Following the exciting signings of Michael Olise and Marc Guehi, a new wave of hope and optimism is starting to build at the south London club.
Vieira will still need significant additions ahead of the upcoming campaign in order to have the foundations for a successful season, but adding Pereira to Palace’s ranks would be a major boost to their survival plans.
The West Brom ace matched Palace’s top goalscorer for league goals in the recently concluded campaign, equalled their most proficient assister, and made more key passes (1.8) per league game than any member of the first-team squad, as per WhoScored.
Therefore, a large section of the fans will be urging chairman Steve Parish and sporting director Dougie Freedman to make a move for Pereira over the coming months.
With the highly-rated Eberechi Eze set for an extended spell on the sidelines through injury, Pereira could be the perfect replacement, and Palace could really do with his services next season.