On Monday, it was reported by journalist Ekrem Konur on Twitter that West Brom had received an initial bid of €7 million from Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Hilal for Matheus Pereira.
The 25-year-old, who has been the target of several Premier League clubs, seems to be one of the most highly sought-after players in world football at present.
However, it has now emerged that The Baggies are likely to hold out for an offer of around £30 million, as reported by the Express and Star.
Pereira netted 11 times and provided a further six goals last year, during a season he once again impressed in, despite West Brom’s eventual relegation.
The Brazilian arrived at West Brom from Sporting Lisbon last year for £9 million after a successful loan period with The Baggies the season prior – a year that ultimately ended in promotion to England’s top-tier.
Pereira is a player who proved himself in the Premier League with a struggling West Brom side, consistently posing a threat in every match he played.
His ability in possession and creativity would boost most sides in the top division, but he is not going to be a cheap option. At 25 years old, he still has lots of time to continue to shine at the highest level possible.
It is no surprise to see so many potential suitors hoping to strike a deal for the playmaker. It would be shocking to see the midfielder lining up in West Brom colours come the start of next season. He deserves to stay in top-flight football, whether that be in England or somewhere else in Europe.
He is certainly a player that would leave a huge void in West Brom’s attacking line-up, so if a deal is to go through, the Championship club would rather it be sooner than later, giving them time to recruit properly.