Selling Matheus Pereira this summer could be a wise decision, says West Brom journalist Luke Hatfield.
After a bright debut season in the Premier League, where he was able to hit double figures for goals, the 25-year-old is now being heavily linked with a move away from The Hawthorns.
Back in May, the Daily Express claimed that Leicester City, Leeds United, West Ham and RB Leipzig were all interested in signing the player.
Following West Brom’s relegation to the Championship, a move to one of those clubs would probably appeal to Pereira, and Hatfield does not think selling him is the worst idea as the Baggies look to raise funds for the current transfer window.
“The player will obviously want to play in the Premier League,” the Express & Star journalist said in a chat with FFC. “He’ll want to be at the top level. Whether he’s willing to give Albion another year is another question.
“But for Albion it might be important for them that they get a deal done as well because it provides funds then for other areas. They’ve got the likes of Callum Robinson, they’ve got the likes of Grady Diangana, Karlan Grant. These players can fill that void in that position.
“You’ve got those players in behind him who have got Championship experience.”
It is certainly something for Valerien Ismael and West Brom to think about. Given that Pereira may not want to stay, and the fact that they do have attackers with experience outside of the Premier League, perhaps it is not worth putting up a fight if a really good offer does come in.