Revealed: Manchester United have £37.6million bid for attacker rejected
By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Lazio have rejected a £37.6million bid from Manchester United for Felipe Anderson, Football Insider sources understand.
United submitted the huge offer for the Brazilian winger in a bid to tempt the Italian club into a sale in the January transfer window.
A Lazio source has told Football Insider that the bid was worth an initial £30million plus £7.6million of performance-related add-ons.
Lazio are keen to hold out for a higher fee for the 22-year-old, who transferred from Santos in the summer of 2013. He signed a new contract last March that runs until the summer of 2020.
Intriguingly, United’s bid comes at a time when Anderson has lost his regular starting place for the Serie A club.
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It remains to be seen whether United will return with a bigger offer for the winger, who has scored five goals and supplied three assists in his 26 appearances for Lazio this season.
United manager Louis van Gaal has made it clear to United that one of his priorities is to recruit a mobile wide forward capable of getting in behind defences and creating and scoring goals.
Anderson, who was earned one cap for the Brazil national team, is predominantly used on the left flank by his club.
United are also keen on £30million-rated Sadio Mane but have been told by Southampton that he is not for sale this month.
The Premier League giants have struggled to score goals this season despite vast investment in the squad over the last two years.