Lazio star Felipe Anderson is set to be the subject of a €50 million bid from Manchester United as the English giants are serious about landing the winger.
The Red Devils reportedly made a €50m bid to prise the Brazilian ace away from the Stadio Olimpico at the end of the summer, but were rebuffed with a counter offer of €80m and didn’t return. Now they are determined to force through a deal.
Anderson has endured a slightly under-par season so far following his exploits last campaign, but that has not stopped admiring glances from United.
Lazio President Claudio Lotito is now understood to be content with accepting a lower offer for Anderson following his subdued showings this season, and will listen to any bids in the vicinity of €50m.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is desperate to bolster his attacking options in January, with Memphis Depay proving an expensive flop and captain Wayne Rooney struggling for goals, and is expected to return for Anderson.
If a deal does go through for the Aquile ace to move to Old Trafford, the name on the lips of director Igli Tare to replace him is Stephan El Shaarawy, who is expected to return to AC Milan this week following the termination of his loan deal at Monaco.
Milan are desperate to move him on quickly, but the stumbling blocks surrounding a move to Lazio are his high wages and the mandatory buy-out clause that the Rossoneri are chasing if he moves on an initial loan.
Cross-town rivals Roma are leading the chase however, having already made direct contact with El Shaarawy’s entourage. A lot depends on whether they choose to splash their whole budget on Genoa winger Diego Perotti instead.
Meanwhile, Lazio will complete their first signing of the January transfer window on Tuesday, with Lyon defender Milan Bisevac expected to join for a fee of just under €2m. He will undergo medical examinations before signing an 18-month deal with the Aquile.
Adapted from an article in La Gazzetta dello Sport by Stefano Cieri