Lazio have revealed that they expect Andreas Pereira to join the club from Manchester United in the coming days.
The 24-year-old has been pushed further down the midfield pecking order following the arrival of Donny van de Beek.
Indeed, the Brazilian failed to even make United’s matchday squad for the opening two Premier League outings.
Serie A side Lazio are hoping to land Pereira on loan with the option to buy, and the club’s sporting director Igli Tare has indicated that an agreement is nearing.
Tare said, as reported in the MEN: “We expect Andreas Pereira to be completed in the next two or three days with Manchester United.”
Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi also expressed his excitement at the prospect of working with the midfielder.
Inzaghi said: “I know him, he is a quality player who can give us a big helping hand. I don’t want to to talk too much about players who haven’t signed yet.
“We’ll see if he arrives or not.”
Lazio have until October 5 to complete a deal for the player, while United’s search for reinforcements also goes on.
The Red Devils are still holding a slim hope that they might be able to bring in top target Jadon Sancho.
A centre-back and a new striker are also on the agenda over the final week of the window.
COLE BACKS MAN UTD ’99 TO BEAT CHAMPIONS LIVERPOOL
Andy Cole believes the Manchester United Treble winning team of 1999 would have been a match for Liverpool’s current crop of Premier League champions.
Speaking to TEAMtalk at a BT Sport event, the striker who was part of a potent United forward line that secured a historic Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup clean sweep 21 years ago has played down suggestions that Jurgen Klopp’s Class of 2020 are the finest champions to have played in this era of the game.
“Our 1999 team would have beaten this Liverpool team in a one-off match and over the course of a full season, we would have beaten them to the Premier League title as well,” declared a defiant Cole.
“I just think our team would beat any team we have seen in England n the last 20 or 30 years, it’s as simple as that.
“This Liverpool are very good and what they have achieved over the last year has been impressive, but I wouldn’t have any sleepless night playing against them with our Treble winning side.”
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