When it comes to summer signings and rumours, Leeds United fans in particular know how stressful things can be. Ever since Marcelo Bielsa arrived, too, Leeds have enjoyed a higher profile internationally. This leads to the clubs name being used to advertise new signings and potential pick-ups from across the game. From young Georgian wing wizards to playmakers from across La Liga, Leeds are regularly used now as part of transfer discourse. One player they have long been linked to, though, is already in England.
Brazilian playmaker Matheus Pereira enjoyed a great season for West Brom, being one of the few shining lights in a meekly relegated midlands outfit. However, the playmaker has made clear that he does not want to stick around in the English Championship, and would like to either move on from England or return to the top-flight. Leeds, keen to add more depth in the wide areas, could see Pereira as the ideal target given his prowess from dead ball situations and his overall playmaking quality.
For Leeds fans, then, the fact that Pereira is taking precious little part in the West Brom friendly calendar should be seen as a major positive. The Baggies played Sheffield Wednesday in a friendly, and Pereira was conspicuous by his absence in the matchday squad.
It is expected that he will leave in the near future, with Leeds expected to be among the leaders for his signature if he does decide to stay in the English top flight.
Is Matheus Pereira a Leeds United player?
While by no means done yet, the player, rated at around £15m, fits both the playing profile and the budget of the club. Pereira is seen as the kind of developmental talent that Bielsa thrives working with; a player with a desire to get better and to go to the next level. Planted into the attack-minded Leeds side that exists here, it is easy to see why there is so much intrigue about the potential for signing the Brazilian.
He is seen as the ideal kind of attacking talent that fits into the Leeds line-up. A creative player with a crisp pass and a tremendous shot from afar, he offers a creative approach that is often not seen in the Premier League. He also now has regular experience of playing in England, having succeeded a both a Championship and Premier League performer.
As such, he is expected to arrive as part of the Leeds time by the end of the summer. Other teams in England are interested, but all reports suggest that if he sticks around in the UK that it will be a move to Leeds that takes place. With an impressive tally for goals and assists in a team that was quite poor from an attacking perspective, then, Leeds fans can only wonder just what kind of production they can expect from Pereira when he is placed into a team more suited to his attacking talents.