September 29, 2023
“Catfish player”: Santos and Palmeiras ‘unite’ and detonate Roberto Pereyra’s choice

“Catfish player”: Santos and Palmeiras ‘unite’ and detonate Roberto Pereyra’s choice

Rivals on the field, fans of Palmeiras and Santos decided to join forces outside the field this Monday (11). Targeted by both clubs, midfielder Roberto Pereyra opted to renew his contract with Udinese and ended up frustrating the São Paulo duo’s plans. As a result, black and white men ‘invaded’ the profile of the Italian team and began to criticize the choice of the Argentine player.

After a long soap opera in the transfer market, the 32-year-old player received offers from Palmeiras, Santos and Botafogo, but the family’s desire to remain in Europe weighed on the decision. Irritated by the midfielder’s choice, Alviverde and Santos fans mocked the Argentine’s football and wished the athlete failure on the Italian team.

Who is Roberto Pereyra?

Revealed by River Plate in 2009, Roberto Pereyra emerged as one of the great promises of Argentine football. In the 2011 season, the midfielder was called up and played in the U20 World Cup, a competition in which his country ended up being eliminated by Portugal in the quarter-finals.

Due to his good performance in the U20 World Cup, Roberto Pereyra was traded by River Plate to Udinese. For the Bianconeri team he played three seasons, stood out and ended up being sold to Juventus, where he won two Italian titles.

Before returning to Udinese in 2020, the Argentine midfielder played for Watford for four seasons. For the English team, he took to the field 115 times, scored 18 goals and provided nine assists. Pereyra had a contract until mid-2023 with the Italians and, as mentioned, decided to renew it after a long period of uncertainty. In the last year of his contract with the Bianconeri, he played 36 games, five goals and seven assists.

"catfish player": Santos and Palmeiras 'unite' and detonate Roberto Pereyra's choice
Roberto Pereyra in action for Udinese (Photo: Icon Sport)

Pereyra even refused Santos’ proposal

At the end of August, Roberto Pereyra refused a proposal from Santos. Peixe’s football coordinator, Alexandre Gallo, even traveled to meet personally with the player’s managers, present a sports project and details about the structure and history of Alvinegro Praiano. However, the Argentine midfielder informed that he wished to remain in Europe and that he would not accept the club’s offer.

Negotiations lasted months and Santos was confident of a positive outcome, as they offered Pereyra the best salary in the squad and stability for the coming seasons.

Palmeiras misses out in the transfer window

In addition to Roberto Pereyra, Palmeiras has accumulated other negatives in the transfer market and is expected to continue without announcing any signings until the end of the season. For the 2023 sequence, Alviverde chose to maintain the philosophy of valuing the current squad and betting on names coming from the base.

In the club’s view, this strategy helps not to compromise the financial health of the institution, in addition to bringing visibility and rotation to the jewels that, in the future, can make Alviverde financially profitable.

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