20-time English champions Manchester United are ready to make a move for Lazio’s Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson ahead of the January transfer window in a reported €45(£33m) swoop. The £33m bid if you believe reports from the Italian media, will be accepted by Lazio as it will be enough to trigger his release clause.
According to La Repubblica via Forza Italian Football, United will pay the asking price for the 22-year old regarded by the club as an able alternative to No. 1 transfer target James Rodriguez, who is unlikely to leave Real Madrid during the transfer window next month.
Felipe Anderson has established himself as a key player for capital club Lazio since joining in 2013. He led his side to third place finish in the Serie A last season scoring 10 goals in addition to the 35 chances he created for team-mates.
Manchester United have endured a disappointing season so far with manager Louis Van Gaal coming under intense pressure and criticisms over recent results, player recruitment and his team’s style of play. Fans are also reportedly fed up with the slow and ponderous build-up play under the Dutchman in addition to scoring just two goals in the last five league games as well as a disappointing eight-game winless run in all competitions.
Brazilian Felipe Anderson is expected to be an upgrade on wingers Jesse Lingard and flop Memphis Depay as manager Louis Van Gaal search for quality players with immense attacking impetus in a bid to turn the fortunes of Manchester United around. He has created 12 chances for a poor Lazio side this season with only three Manchester United players namely Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata creating more this season.
His signing will also boost a United side that has created fewer chances(146) than all but only three Premier League sides.