Andreas Pereira nears move away from Manchester United 3 weeks ago

Andreas Pereira nears move away from Manchester United

Probably should have happened a couple of years ago

Andreas Pereira is nearing a move from Manchester United to Italian giants Lazio, according reports in Italy and his native Brazil.

Brazilian outlet Esporte Interativo claim several conversations have been had between Pereira's representatives and Lazio, and that an 'outcome is near'.

The deal would reportedly be a one year loan move with an option to buy for €27 million, significantly more than the initial €10m reported in the Italian press.

In such a deflating market, and with his lack of game time, evaluating his value is quite difficult. But still only 24, €27m seems like a good price for United, who have brought in even more depth in midfield this summer, knocking Pereira further down the pecking order.

Pereira has reportedly said yes to joining Lazio, suggesting it's just the fine details of the finances that need to be ironed out before Fabrizio Romano tweets 'here we go'.

Lazio had their eyes on David Silva earlier in the window and were convinced he was heading to the Stadio Olympico, having bid farewell to Manchester City. But Silva had a last minute change of heart and decided to join Real Sociedad instead, reportedly choosing a return to Spain for family reasons.

Pereira is undeniably a downgrade on Silva in terms of quality, but is significantly younger and could prove to be a shrewd investment if he makes a quick adaptation to Serie A.