Portuguese club Belenenses want Man United goalkeeper Joel Pereira on loan – report

by Tanveer Arayan

Portuguese first division side Belenenses have expressed an interest in signing goalkeeper Joel Pereira on loan, according to reports.

Pereira joined Manchester United back in 2012 and is yet to make a first-team appearance, spending last season on loan at Rochdale. His performances led to manager Keith Hill tipping the youngster to be a “top, top keeper” in the future.

The 20-year-old was included in Portugal’s squad ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and has expressed a desire to challenge David de Gea and Sergio Romero for a spot in Man United’s first team.

And according to Joe Bernstein, the Primera Liga side are keen on bringing Pereira to Portugal for a season-long loan.

With David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone and Dean Henderson all ahead of Pereira in the goalkeeping pecking order at Old Trafford, a move away from Manchester in order to receive more game time seems paramount if the youngster is to push through the ranks at United.

His immense stature and large reach has generated praise during the early stages of his career, but the goalkeeper must now look towards securing regular first team football elsewhere.

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