Flamengo have now finally admitted they’re interested in buying Andreas Pereira from Manchester United.

Following the midfielder’s move on loan last summer, there’s always been big doubt regarding his chances of staying at the Rio de Janeiro side on a permanent deal.

Now in a press conference, Flamengo vice-president Marcos Braz confirmed that their intention is to negotiate a purchase, even though that may not be done now.

“It is already known that Flamengo will try, at the right time, at the right time, to sign the player permanently. We have to proceed slowly, carefully, so that it’s the best for Flamengo,” said Marcos Braz (via Goal Brasil).

Andreas Pereira is loaned to Flamengo until June, so there are still a few months for the Brazilian club to think about that permanent move.

The loan from Manchester United includes a buying option of €20m. Once that was agreed, we pointed out it sounded like too much for the Rio de Janeiro side, and that was soon confirmed by the local media.

Goal Brasil now writes that Flamengo don’t intend to spend that much, and the club’s idea is to negotiate the fee for less than €10m. They’re said to be counting on Pereira’s wish, as he’d like to ‘build history’ there instead of ‘jumping from branch to branch’ at other sides.