Yet another gloomy week for Manchester United could become a little gloomier, according to a report from The Express. After thrown out of the Europa League at the hands of Liverpool on Thursday, the Red Devils now face the a major concern, their potential move for Lazio star Felipe Anderson may not be happening after his agent makes a sensational claim.
Many reports have suggested earlier that Brazilian attacking midfielder Anderson had already held some productive talks with the Old Trafford hierarchy and a bid for £40 million or so was in the table.
But in a recent turn around, his agent Juliana Gomes insisted that no such offers have been received and that “for anything else, they should talk to us.” Daily Express quotes.
Back in January, Lazio claimed they apparently rejected a £38.9m bid for Anderson last summer, but the Express suggests United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is still “desperate to land another marquee signing” and has kept the Brazilian in his sights despite Lazio’s reluctance.
Last term he was one of the key players with whom Lazio surprised Serie A to clinch a place in the Champions League qualifying rounds. Felipe Anderson scored 10 goals with 7 assists as Stefano Pioli’s team finished third, in what was his ultimate breakout campaign in the European arena.
Obviously the 22-year-old star is highly talented and has the kind of pace van Gaal is searching for. But the problem is he can become inconsistent some times and has actually managed the full 90 minutes in just 5 of Lazio’s 27 league fixture this season with 6 goals. Given that his buyout clause stands at £57million and his contract runs until 2020, many suggest that he’s perhaps better left alone right now.
Interestingly the former Santos youngster grew up playing alongside Brazilian maestro Neymar in his homeland and is now desperate to emulate his former teammate’s impact on European football. The Brazilian international is renowned for his quick style of play and pace, and also has showed that he versatile, having featured as a striker, winger and an attacking midfielder.
The 22-year-old Brazilian started his senior career with Santos FC where he scored nine goals from 106 appearances for the club across all competitions. In 2013, he joined Lazio for a reported fee of 8 million euros, and has scored 19 goals for the club.
The player is also known for his shooting abilities from long distances, and is equally powerful with both his legs, which draws comparison with Santi Cazorla and David Villa.
He also made a senior debut for Brazilian national team, when he made his entry from bench in Copa America 2015, after making impressive performances for Brazil U21 and Brazil U18 team.