West Bromwich Albion boss Valerien Ismael has provided an update on the situation surrounding the future of Matheus Pereira, during a recent interview with Mirror Online.
The Brazilian has been widely linked with a move away from the Hawthorns this summer, with the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Leeds United and Leicester City all said to be keen on signing the playmaker.
Ismael has previously admitted that he would be open to selling both Pereira and Sam Johnstone if the right offers came forwards for the in demand pair during the current transfer window.
And now the Albion boss has offered an update on the former’s future, as he stated the following recently:
“With Pereira – we spoke really openly about the situation.
“I don’t have a problem. We made it simple, you are in or you are out.
“But if you are in, you are 100 per cent. He said in training he would give 100 per cent and he is focused. I can’t say anything else.”
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The midfielder was in fine form for the Baggies last term despite their eventual relegation from the Premier League and managed to register 12 goals and six assists across all competitions for the Midlands club.
He currently has three years remaining on his contract with Albion.
Although Ismael may be keeping his cards close to his chest at present, it is still fair to assume that Pereira is highly likely to leave the club this summer.
The Brazilian clearly wants to be playing at a higher level than the Sky Bet Championship and it wouldn’t shock me at all if a Premier League club slaps in a bid which meets Albion’s valuation.
That is one thing that West Brom can at least be certain of, they will make a healthy profit off of the 25-year-old when he does eventually leave.
There is still plenty of time left to run in the window, so I would say it is a case of watching this space in the Midlands.