Pereira can bolster Mourinho’s midfield ranks and allow him to spend elsewhere

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira, who is currently on loan at Valencia, will look to leave Old Trafford in the summer unless he is given assurances that he will be part of the first-team plans next season, according to the Telegraph. 

Jose Mourinho must keep the man valued at £6.75m by Transfermarkt around next season because he can help him deal with the midfield departures of Michael Carrick and potentially Marouane Fellaini without spending a penny.

What’s the story, then?

The report states that Pereira will leave United if he again finds his path to the first team squad blocked by Jose Mourinho next season.

He also reportedly has no intention of going out on loan again as he believes he is at the required level now after holding down a spot in the Valencia midfield this season.

The report also claims that Valencia, as well as Italian giants Juventus, are interested in a permanent swoop for the playmaker should Mourinho decide to let him go.

Mourinho should use Pereira

If Mourinho integrated Pereira into his first-team plans next season, he would then have five options in the engine room with Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay all having impressed this season.

That means that even if Fellaini leaves Old Trafford at the end of his contract, United will be well-stocked for central midfielders and Pereira’s technical quality would also be an upgrade on the former Everton man’s clumsy, awkward style.

United have other places they need to invest this summer – centre-back, full-back and out wide – so the opportunity to seamlessly plug a gap by putting faith in a young player (which would also please the fans) is one Mourinho must not pass up.