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Al-Hilal have made an offer of €7million for West Bromwich Albion midfielder Matheus Pereira, according to Ekrum Konur.
Pereira has been linked with a host of high-profile clubs this summer, with Albion preparing for life in the Championship after being relegated from the Premier League last season.
But a surprise offer has emerged for the Brazilian, who scored 12 goals in all competitions for the Baggies last term.
According to Ekrum Konur, Al-Hilal have made an initial offer of €7million for Pereira, who still has another three years left to run on his contract.
Here, we discuss this transfer rumour…
It’s a pretty embarrassing offer by all accounts and I can fully see Albion laughing it off with the minimum of fuss.
For me he is easily worth between £20-30 million and I think that’s what West Brom’s asking price should be.
There is no way that the club would sell him for anything less than that figure and I think the Saudi club have made themselves look a bit silly.
Once a club meets their asking price, I do think he’ll be off as he deserves to be playing higher than the Championship.
In truth it’s only a matter of time before his departure occurs.
A €7 million bid is an almost laughable bid for a player with such quality. Pereira lit up the Championship during the 2019/20 season and then continued to look impressive in the Premier League.
He is a player that needs to be playing in one of the top European leagues, as he has the potential to enjoy a very successful career. Of course, the financial rewards of heading to Al-Hilal would be unbelievable, but if his interests are truly to do with football, then it should not be a move he would even consider.
Despite being part of a relegated side, Pereira’s return of 11 goals and six assist in 33 Premier League starts is incredible, and that accounted for 49% of all league goals West Brom scored last season.
West Brom should be valuing Pereira higher than what has been offered, and surely Pereira will be hoping for a better move. Everything about this potential deal does not seem right.
The higher or lower West Brom transfer fee quiz – can you get 20/20?
€7m? Which foot is that for?
Seriously, Al-Hilal may as well pull out of the race now if they aren’t willing to stump up at least £15m for the Brazilian.
He still has three years left on his contract at The Hawthorns, so why would they sell him for this price?
€7m doesn’t get you a man who scored 11 times and picked up six assists in a struggling Premier League team, not these days and not even with Covid-19’s effects on club revenue.
Although the Baggies could be willing to sell Pereira to a team abroad so they don’t have to face him in the near future, especially if they get back to the Premier League, that offer is getting Al-Hilal absolutely nowhere and with other teams interested in the 24-year-old, they won’t be bullied into accepting a low offer.
It’s a laughable offer and one that West Brom should knock back without any hesitation – and they definitely will if a bid of that nature is received.
He’s worth at least £15m – and that price tag has even been lowered taking into account the Baggies are back in the Championship. But they could and should push for higher.