The Telegraph have claimed that West Bromwich Albion have tabled a new deal to Matheus Pereira in order to increase his wages at the Hawthorns by a whopping 50% – just two months after completing a permanent move from Sporting Lisbon.
Pereira, 24, joined West Brom on loan from Sporting in the summer of 2019 and played a pivotal role in the Baggies gaining promotion under Slaven Bilic. Clocking up 43 appearances, he scored eight goals and laid on a huge 20 assists.
He completed a permanent £8.25million move in the summer and has started the Premier League campaign in similar fashion, despite the step-up in quality. During his six league outings, Pereira has one goal and two assists.
Pereira signed a four-year, £30,000-a-week contract in the summer following his permanent deal – but the Baggies have now tabled a deal to increase his wage by half that figure to £45,000. Pereira will also extend his stay until 2025.
TBR’s view – Keeping Pereira crucial to Baggies survival
West Brom have developed a reputation of being a sort of yo-yo team that goes up and down between the Premier League and Championship, and looks to get stronger every season they return to the top flight.
This term, they have shown glimpses of quality – the first half against Chelsea, for example. But they sit in 17th place after six matches – with just three draws and no wins. If anyone has the magic to save them, it is Pereira. A new deal, then, makes sense.