West Bromwich Albion winger Matheus Pereira has secured a move away from The Hawthorns.
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In a report for The Athletic on Thursday, Steve Madeley revealed that the 25-year-old was set to complete a move to Al-Hilal, with the Brazilian having undergone a medical with the Saudi Arabian side.
The journalist went on to claim that talks between the two clubs had progressed quickly after Al-Hilal significantly upped their original offer for the forward, and while the amount has not been disclosed, the final transfer fee is believed to have fallen some way short of Albion’s £25m to £30m asking price.
Shortly after Madeley’s report, West Brom’s official website confirmed Pereira’s departure in a brief statement, wishing the player well for his future in the game.
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Ismael will be buzzing
While Pereira’s departure from West Brom was highly anticipated following the club’s relegation from the Premier League last season, things had initially appeared rather quiet regarding interest in the winger’s services. West Ham were tentatively linked with a move, although a deal never really seemed to be on the cards.
However, a war of words between the player and Valerien Ismael seemed to speed up the 25-year-old’s exit from The Hawthorns, with the Frenchman questioning the Brazilian’s application in training before freezing him out of the club’s pre-season plans.
Pereira then responded by publishing a statement on Twitter, in which he claimed he has always given his all for the club during his time in West Bromwich but admitted that he was keen to move on to pastures new this summer.
With his switch to Al-Hilal now complete, it will not only be Pereira who will have been buzzing to finalise his move away from the Championship side, but Ismael too.
Indeed, while Madeley’s report does not mention the fee the Saudi Arabian side paid West Brom for the winger, Transfermarkt have the figure down as £16.2m, with this reported sum being able to fund the 45-year-old Albion manager’s desired move for a new centre-forward this summer.
As such, while losing the services of a player who has undoubtedly been one of the Baggies’ stars over the last two years may well be upsetting for fans, the club can now fully move on from the transfer saga of the Brazilian. That is a positive for Ismael, who will already be scouring the market for a fresh signing with his newly-found transfer funds.