Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira close to Lazio loan

Andreas Pereira is set to leave Manchester United for Lazio (Getty Images)

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira is on the verge of joining Lazio on loan, according to reports in Brazil.

The 24-year-old is facing increased competition for a place in United’s midfield this season following the arrival of Donny van de Beek from Ajax earlier this month.

Pereira is yet to make an appearance this term and has not even made the bench for any of United’s three matches so far.

According to Esporte Interativo, Pereira is now finalising his loan move to Lazio after weeks of negotiations between the Serie A club and United.

The midfielder will join Lazio on loan for the remainder of the season, while the Italian side will have the option to buy for €27 million (£24.6m).

United would also receive 10 percent of any sell-on fee Lazio receive if Pereira is offloaded.

Andreas Pereira has not featured at all for Manchester United this season (Getty Images)

Pereira, who has previously spent time on loan at Granada and Valencia, made 40 appearances last season, scoring two goals and registering four assists.

When asked about Pereira and other United players who have found themselves on the fringes of the team this season, Solskjaer said: ‘You know, players are happy when they win well and win games, I am too, it’s not my job to keep them happy.

‘It’s to pick players to get results, and up to them to be fit and be ready when called upon.’

Pereira signed a new contract with United 14 months ago and still has three years remaining on his current deal.

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