Valencia chief executive Mateu Alemani has revealed that Manchester United can recall Andreas Pereira from his loan spell in La Liga on one undisclosed condition.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a promising spell with Granada last season, making 37 appearances in total, and moved back to Spain to join Valencia in spite of Jose Mourinho’s objections.
And he has enjoyed a positive start, claiming an assist against Levante in his second game for the club and coming off the bench in recent wins over Malaga and Real Sociedad.
But Alemani, when asked whether United could buy him back, noted that they could sign him on one condition but refused to reveal anything more than that.
“Of course Manchester United have an option to get the player back,” he said.
“They can sign the player on one condition but I am not going to say what kind of condition this is. It’s confidential and it’s something that I am not going to reveal.”
This mystery ‘one condition’ is an interesting prospect: perhaps Mourinho, to get his player back, needs to figure out an age-old Eastern riddle, or even complete some kind of obstacle course that involves Marouane Fellaini coming at him with boxing gloves. Who knows?
Mourinho confirmed that United could indeed recall Pereira at any time after January 1 soon after he completed a move back to Spain, and may indeed feel as if the Brazilian’s mazy, unprofitable influence could have a role in the closing stages of the season – especially if he continues to receive regular minutes at the Mestalla over the next few months.