Andreas Pereira is preparing to leave Manchester United on a permanent deal this summer, with the midfielder assessing his options after a year away on loan.
The Brazilian spent the 2020/21 season on loan with Lazio, but MEN Sport understands the Serie A club are reluctant to keep Pereira on a permanent basis because of the cost.
He could be loaned out again for next season, but it’s understood that Pereira would like a clean break from United, with his playing time likely to be very limited if he does remain at Old Trafford.
Pereira only managed one goal and four assists in 33 appearances in all competitions for Lazio. And the Rome-based club are unlikely to exercise the option, including in the loan deal, to buy the player for €27 million.
It’s understood there is interest from clubs in Spain and Italy this summer, with Pereira’s United contract expiring in two years.
He told Italian reporters last month that he would be receptive to a longer stay at Lazio.
Pereira said: “I know my skills have been appreciated this season and they have until the end of the season to make a decision.
“Rome is a wonderful city and I wouldn’t mind staying there. If they don’t keep me, I’ll have to talk to Manchester United to see what’s best for the club and for me.
“I’ve spoken to [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer to find out my future and he said we need to talk. I just want to play because I am still hoping for a call-up from Brazil for the World Cup in Qatar.”
Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek and Juan Mata are all likely to be ahead of Pereira in the pecking order at United next season. The 25-year-old has scored four United goals in 73 appearances for the club.