Man United to miss Andreas Pereira’s £12m fee

Manchester United are set to miss out on a £12m transfer fee for Andreas Pereira, sources have told ESPN, with Brazilian club Flamengo set to drop a deal to sign the midfielder at the end of his loan spell. ‘a season.

Pereira, 26, moved to Flamengo last August with United giving the two-time Copa Libertadores winners an option to sign the Belgium-born Brazil international for a reported fee of £12m based on appearances .

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But despite making 34 appearances in all competitions for the Rio de Janeiro-based side, sources have told ESPN that Pereira hasn’t done enough to convince Flamengo to make a permanent move for the midfielder.

Having signed for United aged 15 in 2011 after leaving the youth ranks of PSV Eindhoven, Pereira struggled to fulfill his potential in the Old Trafford first team.

Loan moves to Spanish clubs Granada and Valencia, followed by another temporary move to Serie A with Lazio, limited Pereira to just 75 senior appearances for United.

Sources said Pereira moved to Flamengo hoping to revive his career and was ready to take a substantial pay cut to seal a permanent move to the club.

But a costly mistake in the Copa Libertadores final loss to Palmeiras last November, when a poor extra-time pass gave Flamengo’s opponents a goal to secure a 2-1 victory, impacted the performance of Pereira and a return to Old Trafford is now the likeliest outcome for the player, who still has a year left on his contract with United.

Sources have told ESPN that United are still hopeful a deal can be reached with Flamengo, who could still be ready to sign Pereira for a reduced fee.

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