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Newly-Promoted Premier League Club Sign Manchester United Midfielder on a Permanent Deal

Andreas Pereira, Fulham

Newly-promoted Premier League club Fulham have completed the signing of Andreas Pereira from Manchester United. The Brazilian midfielder will be the club’s second signing this summer after Portuguese midfielder Joao Palhinha joined from Sporting Lisbon.

It was reported last month that the Cottagers have had a £10m bid accepted by United for the 26-year-old. Only the personal terms were left to agreed after the Red Devils granted permission to Marco Silva’s side to negotiate a deal with the player.

Andreas Pereira, Manchester United, Fulham
Image obtained via Twitter/@andrinhopereira

Now, as reported by BBC, Andreas Pereira has joined Fulham permanently on a four-year deal, with the option to extend for another year. The Londoners haven’t disclosed the fee but it said to be worth around £10m – £8m upfront and £2m in add-ons. The deal also includes a 20 per cent sell-on clause which United will receive if the Marco SIlva’s side decides to part ways with the attacking midfielder.

Upon completing his move to Craven Cottage, the Brazilian spoke about starting his campaign with the newly-promoted Premier League side:

“I’m very happy to be here and I can’t wait to start the season with Fulham.”

“I want to help Fulham as much as I can to be where they belong. Marco Silva was very important for this. I spoke a lot with him, and he was a key factor in my being here.”

Meanwhile, Fulham vice chairman and director of football operations, Tony Khan, commented on the arrival on Andreas Pereira:

“It’s a tremendous pleasure to welcome Andreas Pereira to Fulham! Andreas is a very talented player, and he’s excited to join Fulham and work with our great coach Marco Silva.”

“We believe that Andreas will be a valuable asset for the Club, and he’ll be an important part of our squad as we prepare for our return to the Premier League!”

Andreas Pereira joined Manchester United’s U-18 team in January 2012 from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. He spent eleven-and-a-half years at the Old Trafford but could never become a consistent starter for the Red Devils.

To further his development and sharpen his skills, the Brazilian midfielder spent the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons on loan with La Liga clubs Granada and Valencia respectively, helping both achieve top-four league finishes in the respective seasons.

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Although he did manage to get some game-time under previous United managers, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he could never command a permanent place in the first-team. In total, he featured 75 times for the Red Devils, scoring four goals and getting five assists (stats via Transfermarkt).

The 26-year-old, who had just a year left on his contract with Erik ten Hag’s side, also spent the last two seasons on loan, first with Italian outfit Lazio and then with Flamengo, a club in his native country, where he scored seven times in 31 league appearances (stats via Transfermarkt).

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