The Metro claims that Manchester United have successfully sealed the deal to sign midfielder Felipe Anderson from Lazio. An agreement was reached between both clubs after series of talks and negotiations were held. The deal is reportedly worth £30m as initial payment with add-ons of £5m as bonus payments. The 22-year-old Brazilian is now expected to meet with the English club to agree on personal terms.
Anderson will see his wage bill increase by £100,000 per week if he agrees to join the Red devils. He is on £70,000 a week at Lazio, while Manchester United are offering him a staggering £170,000 per week. The offer is surely going to turn the player’s head and convince him to make that switch. However, United may appear a little too desperate here in their attempt to sign a pacy forward to improve on their goalscoring form. The winger himself is struggling for form in the Serie A having made just 6 full-match appearances in the Lazio’s 17 games this season.
Anderson was previously linked with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and PSG last summer. He however remained at Lazio but has now decided to move on. The player should not find it so difficult to blend into United’s 4-2-3-1 system which is what is in use at Lazio, albeit a more direct and attacking one compared to van Gaal’s.
Having made just one senior appearance for his country, Brazil, Anderson would have had issues with obtaining a work permit in England. However, United’s exorbitant payments could offset such worries and we may soon see the player donning the red colours of Manchester United.