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Santos and Venezuela winger rated by Pele would sign a ‘lifetime contract’ with Manchester United – reports

Venezuelan winger Yeferson Soteldo has recently spoken about how much he would like to play for Manchester United. The 22-year-old wants to leave Brazilian club Santos this year and has been linked with a £32 million move to Premier League club Everton. Predominantly a left-winger, the Venezuelan can operate on the right and through the middle.

Soteldo signed a four-year contract with Santos back in January 2019 and has spoken about his love for ~United a few times now, more recently stating that he would sign a ‘lifetime contract’ with the Old Trafford club. Speaking one the El Drink Team podcast and reported by Gazeta Esportiva, at first talking about Santos then confirming he wants to move to Europe, the 22-year-old said:

“I don’t like rumours, I have my whole family in Venezuela. I want to finish this stage at Santos by December, win the Copa Libertadores and whatever is possible and then take another step. I always dreamed of playing for Manchester United, the dream remains intact.

“There are many steps to get there, but I feel I can. I want to go to Europe, but not to go and come back. I want to go and pursue my career with greater success. I feel like I’m prepared and I have to wait for the right moment to do it.”

The Venezuelan winger started his career in youth football playing for Caracas Fútbol Club then moving to Zamora Fútbol Club. He made his debut for Zamora in 2013, making 99 appearances and scoring 39 goals. In December 2016, Soteldo signed for Chilean Primera División club Club Deportivo Huachipato for around €1.5 million, making 29 appearances and scoring six goals.

The 22-year-old was then loaned to Club Universidad de Chile on a $1.5 million free with a buyout clause of 50% of the players rights, which was $3.5 million. He played 37 times, scoring seven goals for the club. The Chilean club chose not to pursue the player, instead he signed a four-year contract with Santos and has become a regular starter for Jorge Sampaoli – the former manager of the Brazilian club.

The player has been asked Manny things during his relatively short career, including whether he would choose United over the likes of Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona. The player obviously seems to have an affinity with United and seems to want to get the club to notice him one way or another. His response was:

“I’ve been following Cristiano Ronaldo since I was a child, I saw him at Manchester United and that’s why my love and desire to play at Old Trafford. I would choose them easy. I would make a lifetime contract.”

The player has done well at Santos and has become a regular in the team but is not really doing a lot to get the attention of United. A move to Europe could be forthcoming for the player but to say he would be on the radar of United would be something spectacular right now. Soteldo has played a total of 59 times for Santos, scoring 12 goals.

Santos president Jose Carlos Peres admitted back in March that Everton had made contact regarding the 22-year-old but it was also revealed that a whole host of La Liga clubs had also contacted the Brazilian club also. Peres, reported by OneFootball confirmed the interest of the Premier League team, also not naming the club from Spain, saying:

“Soteldo is a young player who has sensational skills. He is a player who decides the games.

“All the big teams in Brazil asked me, Premier League teams like Everton want him, and he has many requests from Spain.”

Brazilian legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele seems to be a fan of the Venezuelan, who wears the famous number ten shirt for the club that he made a total of 656 appearances for, scoring 643 goals for the club that he played for from 1956 to 1974.. Pele, speaking about Soteldo, said:

“Soteldo is one of the players who has balance in midfield. He plays at the front, in the centre, on the left, on the right… He is a player who has been useful for Santos.”

It would be fair to say that Soteldo is showing a lot of promise in his career so far but it would also be fair to say that he is not currently at the level that United will be seeking. However, if the player is given the chance to playing Europe, with Everton amongst the list of interested clubs, there is a chance that United could be mission out on a special player. There is an equal chance that he might not shine in Europe too.

Andreas Pereira will leave Manchester United and play for Santos one day, according to club president – reports

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira will leave the Old Trafford club to play for Brazilian side Santos, which is supposedly a ‘dream mover’ for the player, according to reports. It is already expected that the 24-year-old could leave the club at the end of the season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeking to continue his rebuild of the club.

Pereira has not really lived up to expectation at the club during his career with some fans bigging up the player’s ability, yet not seeing anything near to that coming from him. The player has made a total of 37 appearances for United this season, scoring two goals, assisting a further four but if it was not for injuries, he might not have played much at all.

It has been reported that Solskjaer could sell up to five players this summer, including Pereira, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard. During the season, when Pereira has started, some have wondered what he has done to warrant a place in the team, let alone on the pitch. Personally, the sooner he has been sold, the better.

It seems clear that Santos are interested in Pereira, especially in the fact the player has talked about the club on occasion, possibly trying to get noticed by the club so a deal could be struck. Club President, Jose Carlos Peres has been in contact with the player via WhatsApp, according to reports by Gazeta Esportiva. Peres was quoted as saying:

“I have Andreas Pereira on WhatsApp and I have been talking to him. He’s done well at Manchester United. He will certainly the wear the club’s [Santos] shirt one day.

“He is a player that interests us a lot. He is a santista and wants to play for Santos. The family is trying. His father wants to see him at Santos for at least a year.”

United signed Pereira from PSV Einndhoven back in 2011 with the player joining United’s academy, graduating and making his debut with the club in 2014. The 24-year-old has made 72 appearances for United first team, scoring four goals and five assists in that time, also playing for Granada (37 appearances, five goals and three assists) and Valencia (29 appearances, one goal and five assists) on loan.

Pereira’s contract at United will expire in the summer of 2023, but there is an option for a further year to be added, so Santos, if interested, will have to pay a transfer fee for the player, unless United released him as a free agent, which would be costly for the club. He might also want to fight for his place at the club, which might not be the best decision for him.

Currently, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Scott McTominay, and Nemanja Matic are ahead of Pereira in the pecking order at the Old Trafford club. Then you have the likes of James Garner and Dylan Levitt who are performing at a high level in the U23s and seeking a chance to show what they can do in the first team, if in fact they are not loaned out next season, which would be ideal for the duo.

This would leave Pereira in sixth place in midfield, possibly seventh or eighth place and with the form of Fernandes at this moment in time, plus knowing what Pogba is capable of, should he stay at United, these two are most likely to be playing together in midfield, possibly with one other of Fred, McTominay or Matic. Pereira might not play much at all. This is certainly a big decision for him to make and it would be best for him to leave United, in my opinion.

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