Leicester are currently keeping a close eye on Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira, according to the Sun, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side considering letting him leave on loan. But should the Foxes make a move for him?
Having had his contract extended by an extra 12 months following the triggering a renewal clause last week, United are hoping to tie down Pereira’s long term future by offering him out on a season-long loan next season.
The Red Devils are willing to allow him to continue his development elsewhere, but only if he signs what is understood by the Sun to be a new four-year deal.
The same report suggests that Brendan Rodgers has admired the player for a while, meaning Leicester could be the potential destination should Pereira move.
However, the player is attracting interest from other clubs in Europe too so the Foxes would have to act quickly if he does become available.
The midfielder spent last season out on loan at Valencia, starting 12 games in La Liga, but has also struggled for a long run in the United side since returning to England.
The Midlands club has delayed making a decision on whether to sign Youri Tielemans permanently in the summer but signing both Pereira and the Belgian would be significant.
Pereira is a creative player by nature and as a result, could help lift the burden on James Maddison. He has been the sole creator for his team since arriving from Norwich but with extra help, Rodgers’ men can flourish.
A switch in the system should take place too, with a loan move for the Brazilian international giving license to play a narrower diamond formation rather than with wingers. This would entertain the idea of Tielemans and Pereira playing behind Maddison, with Wilfried Ndidi sitting further back.
It solves the limit of quality wide options in Leicester’s squad right now and would ensure there are three creative players in central positions to try and feed through to Jamie Vardy.