An update has emerged on Everton target Andreas Pereira regarding his thoughts on a move to Goodison Park.
What is the talk?
The report claims The Toffees made an offer to sign the Brazilian this month, but he decided playing for Flamengo was his best chance at making Brazil’s World Cup squad next year.
Benitez will be emptied
This update is a fatal blow for Everton as it apparently excludes them from the race for the central midfielder as it stands. Of course never say never in football as Flamengo has yet to make a deal with United and he hasn’t officially signed for the Brazilian side, but that doesn’t look promising at the time of writing.
Rafa Benitez will be delighted that he no longer has the chance to work with Pereira at Goodison Park next season. The problem for Everton is that he made this decision based on his chances of making the national team, given that he would be back in his home country, and it’s not something that Toffees may change. It’s not as “simple” as Marcel Brands offering him more money to come to the club, so it’s out of their control.
Spaniard Benitez will be disappointed as he could have been a good addition to his Premier League squad for this season. After sanctioning his loan to Lazio, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed the midfielder was developing and only Bruno Fernandes signing had kept him from being a Red Devils regular. He said:
“It’s a great club, Lazio. Andreas needs to play regularly.
“He started very well last season and played a lot of games. You could see the confidence grow and watch it develop but, after we signed Bruno, that position that Andy played in was taken because Bruno came in and had such an impact. We decided this was best for Andreas.
the £ 49,000 per week gem played 25 times for United in the league last season, scoring once and providing three assists. He also averaged a solid WhoScored Rating of 6.78 in six Europa League appearances for the English giants, underscoring the quality he is capable of producing when giving him regular minutes.
At 25, the £ 7.2million ace is heading into the peak years of his career and Benitez could have enjoyed making the most of him over the next few years. Instead, he looks set to return to Brazil and not Goodison Park, which will leave the Toffees boss gutted.