Everton have submitted a ‘loan proposal’ for Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira, according to Brazilian outlet TNT Sports.
After earlier spells in La Liga with Granada and Valencia, Pereira was loaned to Serie A outfit Lazio last season. He was limited to just three league starts, making a further 23 substitute appearances.
The Brazilian has racked up 75 career appearances for United and directly contributed to nine goals (scoring four and assisting five).
His versatility is a real asset: he’s predominantly played as an attacking midfielder but can also adopt a deeper role or operate on either flank.
Everton have made an offer for Pereira and it includes an option to buy at the end of the season.
That sets them apart from rival suitors like Flamengo, who are pursuing a straight loan.
Flamengo are also hopeful that United will agree to pay a portion of the Brazilian’s salary, which stands at £30,000 per week.
It’s true that Everton don’t have much financial leeway this summer, and so loan moves may be their best chance to strengthen the squad in the remaining weeks of the window.
But does Pereira represent a significant upgrade on the options they already have? Probably not.
At best, he would be handy squad player given his capacity to play multiple positions. At worst, he would continue the trend of mediocre arrivals from the biggest clubs (see Alex Iwobi, Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph).
We feel this is one the Toffees would do well do avoid.
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