According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal and London rivals Chelsea are both interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira in the January transfer window.
The report claims that the Red Devils are set to cash in on the Brazilian international, as his contract expires next summer. United have an option to extend the deal by a year, but reportedly favour selling Pereira in January.
Not yet fulfilled his potential at United
When Pereira joined United in 2014 from PSV Eindhoven, he was regarded as a bright young prospect. In fact, at the time he was considered one of the most talented youngsters in the European game.
United are reported to have beaten off competition from a host of European giants to sign the youngster.
He has enjoyed loan spells in La Liga with Granada and Valencia, featuring on a regular basis for both Spanish teams. His playing time at United has been rather more limited. The 22-year-old must not be getting restless, as he has made started two Premier League games for United.
Could prove to be a bargain
The Mirror claims that Pereira would be available for a fee of around £10million plus add-ons, which could prove to be a potential bargain in today’s transfer market.
Arsenal’s new transfer policy seems to have restricted Gunners boss Unai Emery to the players that he could sign. If the mooted fee were correct, then signing the youngster would be a low-risk move.
The Gunners head of recruitment Sven Mislintat reportedly believes Pereira could be an ideal player to bolster the Arsenal squad in the winter transfer window. However, even if Arsenal were to make a move for the Belgian-born star, they would face stiff competition from Internazionale, Valencia and Monaco.
A step in the right direction
We know that Arsenal are not going to be splashing out big money on players, the summer transfer window illustrated that perfectly. That means they have to work in a different way with player recruitment.
It is almost the same way that brought success under Arsene Wenger in his first decade at the club. The Gunners signed young players with promise for relatively small transfer fees, just like Pereira.
The north London club then developed them and not only were the team massively successful, but the players were also sold for big fees to fill the club coffers. This strategy can be an effective one if developed in the right way. If the Gunners can implement it successfully then it is a step in the right direction.
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