Aston Villa journalist Gregg Evans has provided an update on the club’s pursuit of West Bromwich Albion’s Matheus Pereira.
The Brazilian midfielder, valued at £11.7m on Transfermarkt, has been one of the few bright sparks for Sam Allardyce’s side this season, scoring ten goals and providing five assists in all competitions. Indeed, his 15 goal involvements far outweigh the return of most of the other players within the squad, with Callum Robinson’s tally of six being the closest.
And his numbers have caught the attention of a number of teams, with Aston Villa being one of them. But as Evans revealed, while speaking on the 1874 podcast, although they are interested in him, they are still some way from being in a position to make an official bid for him:
“Look, there is a little bit of interest there from Villa, it’s not at the stage where they’re considering bidding or offering anything or seeing where it could go. He’s just a player that they’re very fond of and this was before the weekend.
“He’s had a decent season, he’s into double figures now, which, okay a couple of set pieces in there, but that’s the type of player that Villa need; they haven’t got a midfielder at the moment who’s scoring goals, so he will fit nicely into the plans, I think he’d strengthen the team and yeah, Villa are certainly interested in him.
“How far that interest will go, it remains to be seen in the summer.”
Will Villa sign Matheus Pereira this summer?
TIF Thoughts on Gregg Evans’ comments about Aston Villa possibly signing Matheus Pereira this summer…
Evans is right when it comes to Villa and their goals from midfield, because most of the heavy lifting this season has been done by the forwards and wingers in the squad.
So you’d imagine that if Villa want to take a step forward as a club, they will need to start adding more players that can bring them goals so they aren’t as reliant on those big names, just as they have been accused of with the likes of Jack Grealish.
So if they could utilise Pereira in the number 10 role behind someone like Watkins, with Grealish and Bertrand Traore out wide, then those goals should hopefully be added into the side and help them move up the table.