Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa could land a bargain transfer in West Brom’s Matheus Pereira amid Carlton Palmer’s fresh transfer claim.
And, speaking exclusively to This is Futbol (via MSN) about Leeds’ reported interest in Pereira and the reported price tag on his head, Palmer said: “I think it’s a good price and he’s a good player. The problem West Brom are going to have is the wage bill going down and players of his calibre wanting to play in the Premier League.”
Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan has already talked up the prospect of Pereira joining Raphinha at Elland Road, saying: “It is a mouth-watering prospect. We missed out on certain players last season, and this is a player that excites everybody. I would definitely take him all day long.
“He’s a fantastic player, he’s great on the ball, he can turn people inside out. Pereira’s another option we can use right across that front three and maybe in a number 10 role as well. He’s the right age and he’s the sort of player we should be looking at. Imagine, if you put him alongside Raphinha, Rodrigo, Harrison etc, that’s pretty formidable.”
In fact, Pereira’s average of two shots and 1.8 key passes per game in the Premier League last season was only a touch lower than Raphinha (2.2 and 2.1), while he was actually fouled significantly more times than his Brazilian counterpart (1.6 to one).
And, after a particularly fine performance earlier this year in the Premier League against Aston Villa, former England ace Jermain Jenas said of the 5 foot 9 maestro: “He’s just silky. When he’s on it, he’s just got that lovely left-foot, (tucked) his penalty away, the delivery into the box for set-pieces was brilliant, and he wanted to showcase his skills.”
Given the very reasonable price that he is supposedly available for, Bielsa should be all over a move for Pereira this summer. It could be a “mouth-watering” signing as Whelan says.
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