When Sporting loaned Matheus Pereira out to West Brom last summer, they weren’t really expecting such immediate success from the player in England.
The Brazilian had come from consecutive loans at Chaves and Nürnberg, so the move was seen by the Portuguese side as a way to get rid of his salary and perhaps try a permanent sale.
But it turns out it only took a short time for Pereira to adapt to English football. He’s became a starter for the Baggies in his fifth appearance for the club, and never lost his place since then.
With three goals and ten assists so far, Matheus Pereira is one of the reasons West Brom are on top of the Championship table after 17 fixtures played.
His good form for the Baggies has even put him in the rumour mill once again, with claims from the English press saying the midfielder has become a target for Manchester United.
But speaking to Sport Witness, Pereira’s representative Jolden Vergette claims there have been no approaches so early in the season.
“It’s natural that his good form should attract the interest from other clubs. But we haven’t been officially approached by any sides so far,” Vergette told Sport Witness.
Matheus Pereira’s loan deal at West Brom runs until the end of the season, yet there’s a big chance the transfer is becoming permanent before then.
The Baggies have a buying option which actually becomes obligatory in case they clinch the Premier League promotion or the player reaches 32 appearances for the club. The total cost of the operation is of €10m.
This is way West Brom’s board feel no rush to get a permanent deal now, as they have the security that the 23-year-old shouldn’t escape from them.