West Bromwich Albion forward Matheus Pereira is considering an offer that would see him leave The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by Joao Castelo-Branco, with the ESPN journalist revealing in a post on Twitter that, following a €15m (£12.8m) bid from Al-Hilal Riyadh, the 25-year-old is considering whether or not he would agree to a move to the Saudi Professional League.
Castelo-Branco goes on to state that, although the Brazilian would rather play in the Premier League, the salary offered by Al-Hilal is extremely tempting.
Finally, the journalist claims that West Brom themselves are looking for a fee much closer to £30m in order to sanction the sale of the winger this summer, however, if no other offers are made, Albion could well accept the Saudi club’s bid.
In his tweet, Castelo-Branco said: “Matheus Pereira considering Al Hilal offer. He would like to play in the Prem but salary is tempting. The Saudi club offered €15m to West Brom. They want £30m from PL clubs, but I would guess if no such offers are made they could accept at the end of the window.”
Considering the fact that Pereira has been West Brom’s talisman for the past two years, if the club were to eventually sanction his sale for a fee as little as £12.8m, in addition to the winger moving to a league he is clearly far too good for, fans of Albion would surely be devastated.
Indeed, over his 33 Premier League appearances for the Baggies last season, the £13.5m-rated man scored 11 goals, provided six assists and created 11 big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of two shots and making 1.8 key passes per game.
As such, losing the services of Pereira this summer would not only be a major blow to Valerien Ismael’s chances of going on to secure an immediate return to the Premier League next season, but, for a fee that is £700k below his current market value, it would also not appear worthwhile financially for the club.
However, with Castelo-Branco claiming that the Baggies could well accept this offer come the end of August, fans should start preparing themselves to wave goodbye to their star player for pennies on the dollar.