The 19-year-old has rejected United’s initial contract offer back in January and the latest reports suggest he has been offered a new £6,000 a week contract, while he would be able to earn more towards €30,000 with PSG. If correct, United would have to up their offer or risk losing Pereira in much the same fashion as Paul Pogba when he joined Juventus.
While United certainly shouldn’t bow to Pereira’s every demand, £6,000 is a very low offer and is unlikely to give parity with new deals signed by the likes of Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair this season.
On the other hand, Blackett and McNair have both played important roles in the first-team this season whereas Pereira only made his Premier League debut with a substitute appearance, so it could be argued they currently deserve more.
It’s a tricky situation and a compromise has to be found. Pereira showed far more promise with the reserves than either Blackett or McNair did but he is yet to break into the first-team because there is so much competition ahead of him.
Van Gaal has slowly worked him into the first-team environment but he’ll no doubt want more football if he was to stay at United next season. Can he be given those guarantees?
All things considered, if United learned anything from the Pogba situation it should be to avoid it in the future where possible and this situation with Pereira is precisely that.
Although €30,000 is likely to be more than what Pereira should be offered, a middle ground offering him greater parity with Blackett and McNair would still be tiny wages relative to what United’s senior players earned. We firmly believe if he is chasing too much money in relative terms then he should be sold but offering him that parity with others is something that keeps a level playing field.
The worst case scenario is Pereira leaving the club to go on and flourish elsewhere ala Pogba at Juventus, and United can’t really afford to let that happen twice.