Birmingham City will take on Championship rivals West Bromwich Albion at St Andrew’s on Saturday, July 31..
The encounter will mark the return of fans to the Blues’ home for the first time in 17 months following behind-closed-doors friendlies against Cheltenham Town and Barrow AFC.
Blues’ midweek tie against local neighbours Walsall was called off on Tuesday due to a waterlogged Bescot pitch.
These two sides last met in June 2020 in the first game back after the temporary suspension of the league due to the coronavirus pandemic
Tasked with transforming the club’s fortunes following an incredibly disappointing season in the top-flight, Valerien Ismael has also bolstered his squad by sealing deals for Alex Mowatt and Matt Clarke.
However, before the West Brom manager drafts in some more fresh faces, he may have to wave goodbye to one of the club’s key players if recent reports are anything to go by.
According to ESPN journalist Joao Castelo-Branco, Al Hilal have submitted a bid believed to be in the region of €15m (£12.7m) for Baggies attacking midfielder Matheus Pereira.
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It is understood that whilst the Brazilian would like to move to a Premier League side this summer, he is now considering this offer due to the salary that the Saudi Arabian side will be able to provide him.
In a separate report by journalist Ekrem Konur, it has been suggested that West Ham United have also tabled a €15m bid but are unlikely to convince West Brom to sell him for this price due to the fact that the Championship side are believed to be holding out for a €25m (£21.2m) fee.