Man United star Pereira travels to Rome ahead of Lazio loan deal

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira is heading to Rome to complete loan move to Lazio as he seeks first team football after falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford

  • Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira is set to join Lazio on a loan deal 
  • Lazio will have an option to buy Pereira for £24.5m after completing the move   
  • The Brazilian is seeking regular football after falling out of favour at United
  • Meanwhile, Chris Smalling is training at Carrington amid doubt over his future 

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira is flying to Rome this afternoon ahead of his move to Lazio.

The 24-year-old was at United’s Carrington training complex on Wednesday morning to say his farewells to teammates and staff ahead of leaving on an initial loan with view to making the move permanent for £24.5million.

The Brazilian was reluctant to leave United but, following the arrival of Donny van de Beek from Ajax, competition for midfield places has become even fiercer.

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira is set to travel to Lazio to complete a loan move

Since breaking into United’s first team in 2015, he has managed 75 appearances, scoring four goals, and was keen to gain more regular game time which he hopes to achieve with Lazio.

United’s squad flew to Brighton this morning though a number of regular first teamers were left behind including goalkeeper David de Gea.

Fringe players Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo were also at Carrington on Wednesday as they await news of any prospective moves.

The Brazilian wants more first team action after falling out of favour with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Smalling who had been working alone on a double session training programme has been training again with the United squad but the club has still to find agreement with Roma over a fee despite talk of a renewed bid.

Rojo has had tentative interest from Turkey and back in Argentina but is no closer to leaving.

Defender Phil Jones is recuperating after undergoing surgery in Spain.

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