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West Brom boss issues cryptic message over Matheus Pereira future amid Arsenal speculation

Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
 2021-07-16

Matheus Pereira's future at West Bromwich Albion remains uncertain.

The midfielder notched a hugely impressive 11 goals in the Premier League last term. The fact that that was in a team that struggled all season and one that was eventually relegated means Pereira has plenty of suitors.

Arsenal and Liverpool are two of the clubs said to be circling the 25-year-old, whilst earlier this week Saudi side Al-Hilal were reported as having lodged a bid of £7million for Pereira. That bid is understood to fall some way short of Albion's estimation.

New Baggies' boss Valerien Ismael admitted earlier this month that he expected Pereira to leave the Hawthorns ahead of their return to the Championship.

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New Baggies' boss Valerien Ismael

And giving a fresh update this week, he gave little away on the Brazilian's future.

“With Pereira – we spoke really openly about the situation," Ismael said.

“I don’t have a problem. We made it simple, you are in or you are out.

“But if you are in, you are 100 per cent. He said in training he would give 100 per cent and he is focused. I can’t say anything else.”

Pereira has three years left on his West Brom contract and the Baggies will only sanction a sale if a club meets their eight-figure valuation.

Other top flight clubs including Leeds and Leicester are also said to be interested in the former Sporting Lisbon man.

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