West Bromwich Albion have received a transfer offer for Albion winger Matheus Pereira.
That’s according to a claim made by Ekrem Konur, with the journalist revealing in a post on Twitter that Al-Hilal Riyadh have entered into talks with the West Brom hierarchy regarding a deal for the 25-year-old, with the Saudi Arabian Professional League side believed to have tabled an opening offer of €7m (£6m).
However, with it being previously reported that Albion would be looking for a fee of at least £24m in order to part with the Brazilain this summer, it would seem as if Al-Hilal will have to considerably improve their offer if they are to get a deal over the line for the forward ahead of next season.
Considering just how highly Pereira impressed for West Brom last season, the fact that the club have received such a low offer for the winger is sure to have left fans of the club worried.
Indeed, over his 33 Premier League appearances for Sam Allardyce’s side last term, 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.
These metrics saw the man Noel Whelan dubbed a “fantastic” player earn an average SofaScore match rating of 7.18, ranking him as West Brom’s best performer in the top flight of English football, something that is no mean feat considering Albion were battling at the wrong end of the table last season.
As such, it would indeed appear as if the £39k-per-week winger is worth a great deal more than Al-Hilal’s £6m bid for the Brazilian, as well as it very much seeming as if Pereira is simply too good of a player to be moving to Saudi Arabia at this point in his career.
However, money does talk in football, and, if the Professional League side are offering the 25-year-old an extremely lucrative contract, perhaps he could be swayed into making a switch to Al-Hilal this summer – something that could easily cause an issue for Valerien Ismael, if Pereira were to begin to push for the club to accept an offer lower than their asking price in order to secure an exit from The Hawthorns, and that should come as a worry for Albion fans who will either want to keep the player or see thier club receive big money for him.