Leicester City are interested in a move for West Bromwich Albion playmaker Matheus Pereira, as reported by the Mirror.
The Lowdown: West Bromwich Albion prepare for Sky Bet Championship life
Looking towards the new term, West Brom manager Valerien Ismael will be desperate to win promotion at the first attempt following his predecessor’s relegation from the top-flight.
Acquiring some top talent immediately will be crucial to prospective success, however recuperating large fees for assets like Pereira will also be a matter of fundamental importance for the 45-year-old.
Tapping into the latter philosophy, the Baggies now look set to field attention from the Premier League for their star man.
Should WBA let Pereira leave the Hawthorns this summer?
The Latest: Pereira courting attention from Leicester City; multiple other sides keen
Not being utilised by West Brom in their pre-season programme, the Brazilian is said to be prompting the Foxes to consider a move for his services [Mirror].
Pereira is under contract until 2024 with the Midlands outfit, though looks set to leave this summer for pastures new.
Al Hilal, Liverpool and West Ham United are all believed to be monitoring his situation keenly.
Reports last week suggested the Baggies expect around £25m to part ways with the 25 year-old this summer.
The Latest: Bidding war for Pereira?
Looking unlikely to keep Pereira at the Hawthorns beyond this window, a potential bidding war for his signature would be a big boost for Ismael and co.
In 2020/21, the playmaker enjoyed a superb campaign, registering 18 goal contributions in 34 fixtures; 12 goals and six assists [Transfermarkt].
Furthermore, Pereira caught attention with his ability to create dangerous situations, managing to record 1.8 key passes per game on average across the campaign, which was the most in the West Brom squad [WhoScored].
Once labelled as a ‘delight to watch’ by Match of the Day pundit Micah Richards, the Baggies only focus when it comes to departures at the moment should be to squeeze every penny possible out of the interest in Pereira [Birmingham Mail].
If they can secure upwards of that reported £25m price tag, that could go a long way towards building a squad capable of immediate promotion back to the big time.
In other news, West Bromwich Albion could re-sign a La Liga ace.
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