Andreas Pereira would more than triple his wages should he move to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this summer, with Louis van Gaal edging closer to sealing a deal for Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels.
Brazil under-20 member Pereira will see his United contract expire at the end of this season, and Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News reports the Ligue 1 champions are offering him a salary of €30,000 a week.
That figure amounts to almost four times the £6,000-a-week contract the Red Devils are understood to have tabled to see Pereira extend his stay with the club, per Luckhurst.
According to Sky Sports' Paulo Freitas, Belgian-born Pereira was recently called up to the Brazil under-20 squad for a friendly tournament in Austria, one of only four European-based players to make the cut:
The 19-year-old has featured as a key member of the Red Devils' under-21 side this season, scoring three goals and making three assists in 16 reserve appearances, per Transfermarkt.
However, United may not look lightly upon the player's reluctance to pen a new deal, but that didn't stop Van Gaal from praising the midfield talent upon making his Premier League debut last month, per the club's official Twitter account:
The money on offer in Paris would understandably be found as extremely tempting for Pereira, but there's no guarantee his hopes of first-team football would be better served in the French capital.
The playmaker was currently under the English media spotlight for all the wrong reasons, per The Independent, in a sexual controversy including team-mate Paddy McNair:
The current situation reminds of the scenario that saw Paul Pogba depart for Juventus in 2012, where United must decide just how valuable Pereira is to them and whether he's worth shelling out a higher salary.
Hummels Chase Heating Up
More fruitful news has come to light regarding the pursuit of Dortmund star Hummels. The Mirror's Adrian Kajumba quotes a source close to the Germany camp as saying Hummels has told his team-mates a summer switch is on the horizon, saying:
“He is preparing his exit and he gave some of the players signs that his transfer is close.”
Earlier in the week, the centre-back was quoted as having spoken positively regarding a summer switch abroad, with the recent disappointments at Signal Iduna Park seemingly affecting his disposition, per Kajumba:
I think moving abroad will be good for my professional and personal well-being. Eventually, I’d like to leave the Bundesliga.I’m being open about this because I’m not a fan of those who claim they are staying but, behind the scenes, have actually secretly agreed a transfer away from their current club.
Everyone knows how much I love it at Dortmund, but I also want to make sure I’m part of a strong team with powerful players.
Van Gaal came close to mentoring Hummels during his time at the Bayern Munich helm, but Hummels' move to North Rhine-Westphalia was already in motion before he took over.
Bundesliga writer Jonathan Harding hints at the cryptic series of messages Hummels has sent of late, hinting that defeat against Bayern this Saturday could spell the end of his time with Dortmund:
The Black and Yellows looked poised for a relegation fight until a recent rise in form saw the club climb to their current position of 10th in the German top flight.
However, a mid-table finish will still be seen as sub-par for a World Cup winner such as Hummels, with ESPN FC pointing out where the 26-year-old sits alongside the Bundesliga's other top defenders:
Kajumba's report mentions that it would take a fee of around £35 million for Dortmund to part ways with their defensive totem, a sum which would be far from outside United's means.
With Champions League football within reach for Van Gaal's men, the prospects at Old Trafford may look far more appetising for Hummels, with a summer switch reportedly moving into sight.