An update has emerged regarding West Brom’s valuation of Leeds transfer target Matheus Pereira.
What’s the talk?
According to the Express & Star, Albion are expected to demand a fee of at least £30m for the 25-year-old this summer. The report claims that the Whites, West Ham and Arsenal have all been keeping tabs on the attacker.
Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal are said to have made a £6m bid for Pereira, which is well below the £30m the Baggies want for their star man.
Orta must strike
Leeds chief Victor Orta must sanction a swoop for Pereira this summer following this latest update. £30m could be a good price for the attacker and bringing in a player of his quality would be a boost to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad ahead of next season.
The club reportedly paid £27m for Rodrigo from Valencia last summer and he provided seven goals and two assists in 26 appearances, averaging a WhoScored rating of 6.67. Meanwhile, Pereira scored 11 goals and set up another six in 33 appearances for the Baggies as they were relegated from the Premier League, recording an overall average match rating of 6.96.
This suggests that £30m for the Brazilian is a fair valuation from West Brom and that it could prove to be more worthwhile than Leeds’ deal for Rodrigo. The Spaniard had a solid first season in England, with his eight goal contributions, but Pereira is five years younger than him and showed himself to be more effective in the final third at top-flight level.
Former Leeds player Noel Whelan recently offered his thoughts on Pereira potentially arriving at Elland Road, hailing him as a “fantastic” player who could fit in well with the rest of the squad.
He told Football Insider: “We missed out on certain players last season, and this is a player that excites everybody. I would definitely take him all day long.
“He’s a fantastic player, he’s great on the ball, he can turn people inside out. Pereira’s another option we can use right across that front three and maybe in a number 10 role as well.
“He’s the right age and he’s the sort of player we should be looking at. Imagine, if you put him alongside Raphinha, Rodrigo, Harrison etc, that’s pretty formidable.”
The £39,000-per-week gem averaged 1.8 key passes per game for the Baggies, a haul bettered only by Raphinha (2.1) for Leeds. This suggests that, along with his goalscoring – having found the back of the net 11 times – Pereira could add some extra creativity to Bielsa’s squad and improve upon their attacking options.
That is why Orta must sanction a £30m deal for the playmaker this summer and get in ahead of any other clubs who are looking at him.
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