Matheus Pereira’s successful loan period at West Bromwich Albion is getting continued coverage in the Portuguese media.

Claims over the weekend that Manchester United could be interested in the 23 year old may well be wide of the mark, but they’ve certainly gained attention.

A Bola once again state that it’s now not a question of whether the Baggies use their clause, thought to be around €10m, to sign the attacker on a permanent basis, it’s just a question of when they do so.

It will be a bittersweet situation for Sporting, who never really gave the player a chance to succeed with them. They’ll be happy of the €10m, needing all the cash they can get to service debt payments, yet disappointed if they then see West Brom make a quick profit.

A Bola states the Championship club are ‘already aware of future proposals’ for Matheus, which could see them pay the €10m and then bring in a much bigger fee.

That scenario is now being presented as likely, with A Bola suggesting it’s just a question of whether they let him go in January or wait until next summer.

Given West Brom are well placed for promotion to the Premier League, a winter sale would surely be unlikely, regardless of what is being claimed.