Leeds United-linked winger in surprise Middle East bid amid Aston Villa and Leicester interest



Leeds United-linked Matheus Pereira has reportedly been the subject of a bid from a club in the Middle East.

As reported by Birmingham Live, Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur has claimed West Bromwich Albion winger Pereira has attracted interest from Saudi side Al-Hilal.

It has been claimed they have lodged a €7m bid for Pereira, who has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs, including Leeds, West Ham United and Leicester City.

Doubts about Pereira’s future at the Hawthorns have been raised ever since the Baggies were relegated back to the Championship.

The 25-year-old impressed with his individual contributions last season, scoring 11 goals in 33 appearances in the Premier League.

He initially joined the Baggies on loan from Sporting Lisbon, helping the club win promotion to the top flight before the move was made permanent in the summer of 2020.

When links to Leeds emerged earlier in the summer, it was believed Pereira could act as competition on the flanks for Jack Harrison and Raphinha, as well as for Rodrigo and Tyler Roberts in the advanced midfield role.

Interest seemingly cooled when The Daily Express reported that Leeds had been approached about the possibility of adding Pereira to their ranks but didn’t push on after initial discussions.

Now, it appears that if Leeds are still monitoring the Brazilian, they must act quickly to fight off competition from overseas.

The link to Al-Hilal does make sense, as the Saudi side are managed by former Sporting Lisbon boss Leonardo Jardim.

He was in charge of Sporting Lisbon when Pereira was making a breakthrough in the club’s ‘B’ team and will be aware of the talent the playmaker possesses.

Newly-appointed Baggies boss Valerien Ismael has already conceded Pereira may leave the club and a reunion with Jardim in Saudi Arabia may prove tempting.

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