Manchester United are hoping to avoid a repeat of the situation that saw Paul Pogba leave the club on a free transfer by offering Andreas Pereira a new deal with the club, after his surprise inclusion on the bench against Queens Park Rangers this weekend, as reported by the Daily Star.
The 18 year old took a place on the Old Trafford club’s bench this weekend, but the club have been recently burned by young talents leaving the club as a result of being unwilling to sign a new deal.
Pogba departed the club having complained about a lack of first team opportunities under Alex Ferguson, and he has since gone on to establish himself as one of the best midfielders in world football, helping Juventus to a succession of trophies since signing for them.
Pereira has only a year remaining on his current contract, and the club are worried that he will depart for nothing at the end of that.
He is the son of Brazilian player Marcos Pereira, and joined the Manchester club from PSV Eindhoven in 2012.
Arsenal and Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their chase for Barcelona star Pedro, after it emerged that Italian giants Juventus have turned their attentions towards the Spanish international after being warned away from Juan Mata, as reported by the Daily Star.
Both Liverpool and Arsenal are thought to be keen on the wing wizard, who has become a firm fixture in Barcelona’s first team in recent seasons, ever since the appointment of Pep Guardiola as first team coach.
However, the arrival of Luis Suarez has threatened to curtail his game time to an extent that he cannot accept going forward. He faces stiff competition from the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar as well for his preferred attacking positions, and it seems unlikely that he will play a significant number of games this season.
This has seen him consider ending a career long association with the Catalan club, and both Arsenal and Liverpool are thought to be interested in signing him for around £15 million, although they now face competition from Juventus to do so, suggesting the task will no longer be easy.
Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola has mocked Manchester United, saying that the Old Trafford club cannot afford to sign his players, despite the club spending a significant sum in this summer’s transfer market in an attempt to rejuvenate their squad, as reported by the Daily Express.
The Bavarian club face Man Utd’s city rivals Manchester City in the Champions League this week, but despite this, Guardiola was keen to take a pot shot at Louis van Gaal’s new side.
Guardiola is regarded as one of the best managers in the world, having taken Barcelona to new heights in his time with the Catalan club. His first season with Bayern saw them win the Bundesliga in March, before beating Borussia Dortmund in the German cup.
There is, however, an expectation that Bayern need to match up to the achievements of Jupp Heynckes this season, who led the club to a treble, also winning the Champions League, in his last season with the club.
Guardiola said: “[Manchester United] don’t have enough money, I saw they spent this kind of money.
“It’s good for my friend Louis. I know all the players the clubs want, it just depends on the player.
“If the player wants to stay, they stay. Manchester United wants these kind of players, but they want to stay and we are happy to be here.”