West Bromwich Albion legend Ally Robertson says it ‘would be wrong’ to sell Matheus Pereira for any less than £25million.
One of Pereira’s advisers, Jolden Vergette, told the Daily Express this week that a chance for Pereira to remain in the Premier League following West Brom’s relegation ‘will present itself’.
Pereira was a shining light for the Baggies last season in an otherwise disappointing campaign.
The Brazilian scored twice as many goals (12) and provided twice as many assists (six) as any of his team-mates (via BBC Sport).
He directly contributed to 49% of West Brom’s Premier League goals last season.
Pereira only joined on a four-year permanent deal last summer after West Brom agreed a £9million fee with Sporting Lisbon (via BBC Sport).
Robertson, who played for the club between 1969 and 1986, says West Brom must extract a high enough fee to significantly improve their squad.
Their most expensive departure is currently Salomon Rondon, who joined Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang for £16.44million.
“If we are going to sell Pereira, we have to then go out and buy three or four players to make the squad better,” he told the Express and Star.
“If we do that then I won’t have a problem.
“If an offer in the region of £25million or £30million comes in then I can understand us accepting that if it’s to give the manager funds to strengthen,” he continued.
“And we have to sell him for that amount, selling him for £20million or £15million would be wrong.”
There’s no doubt Pereira deserves to be playing at Premier League level. The extent of West Brom’s reliance on him last season is pretty staggering.
West Brom must now be torn between the player’s evident quality and the investment opportunities that would arise from his sale – Valerien Ismael would have the chance to truly leave his imprint on the team through well-suited acquisitions.
If Aston Villa were to lose £100million-rated Jack Grealish to Manchester City, perhaps they would formalise their reported interest in Pereira.
And they’d certainly have the means to meet a lofty asking price if he was heading there to replace their current skipper.
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