Man Utd may have another summer exit to ponder after the reasons why a permanent Andreas Pereira transfer to Flamengo could soon collapse emerged.
The one-time Brazil international has been on United’s books dating back to 2011. Pereira, now 26, broke into the Red Devils’ first-team in 2014, though never did enough to become a mainstay in the team.
As such, a series of loan exits materialised, most recently to Lazio last season and to Brazilian outfit Flamengo for the current campaign.
By all accounts, Andreas Pereira had impressed in his early showings despite making a decisive error in the 2021 Copa Libertadores final. However, the latest from Sport Witness details how things have soured.
Pereira made another blunder in the recent victory over Vasco da Gama on Sunday. While it wasn’t enough to cost Flamengo victory in a 2-1 win, it has heightened talk over whether it’s wise to turn his loan spell permanent.
Reports in February stated United and Flamengo had negotiated a €20m option to buy upon sanctioning the loan. That always sounded high for a Brazilian side, and ESPN later claimed a £6.7m January bid had been rebuffed by Man Utd.
Andreas Pereira booed off in Rio derby
Flamengo were clearly on board with signing Pereira outright – albeit to a lower price than negotiated. Sport Witness add a €10m fee had since been agreed between the two clubs, though even that reduced deal is now in jeopardy.
Firstly, that stems from Pereira’s drop in form that saw him booed off the pitch against Vasco. The outlet claim this is not the first time that has happened this season.
Secondly, Flamengo are reportedly under pressure from the Brazilian Central Bank regarding ‘unpaid taxes from the 1990s’.
That has forced them to call a halt to any potential transfer dealings for the time being, with the latest state of play detailed by journalist Mauro Cézar Pereira.
“I think there’s a chance that it will collapse,” he told Jovem Pan Esportes. “Now it will depend on what justice will resolve.”
On the subject of United, the journalist confirmed the proposed agreement between the two clubs at €10m is not done and dusted: “Regarding the…