Exclusive: Manchester United launch £39million winger bid after talks
By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Felipe Anderson after holding fresh talks with the player’s representatives, Football Insider sources understand.
United are willing to pay £39million to land the Brazilian winger in the summer transfer window.
Lazio issued a statement last month denying comments attributed to the club’s president Claudio Lotito that a deal for Anderson to move to Old Trafford had already been agreed.
Nevertheless, channels of communication have remained open between United and third parties close to one of the club’s main summer targets.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Premier League giants dispatched scouts to watch the Brazilian attacker last month and have closely watched him in recent months.
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United’s pursuit of Anderson was unsuccessful in the winter window as the English club were only willing to pay £30million up front, while Lazio wanted €50million – the equivalent of £39million – in an initial payment and no add-ons.
However, United have not given up hope of landing the 22-year-old, who transferred from Santos in the summer of 2013 and signed a new contract last March that runs until the summer of 2020.
Anderson has scored eight goals and supplied four assists in his 37 appearances for Lazio in all competitions this season.
United manager Louis van Gaal has said one of the team’s priorities is to recruit a mobile wide forward capable of getting in behind defences and creating and scoring goals.
This is the case regardless of the position of the first-team manager, with Jose Mourinho in line to replace Van Gaal at the end of the season.
Anderson, who was earned one cap for the Brazil national team, is predominantly used on the left flank by his club.
Van Gaal’s side have struggled to create and score goals this season despite vast investment in the squad over the last two years.
In other Manchester United transfer news, the club are also monitoring Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.