Once again, transfer rumours linking Felipe Anderson (not to be confused with the Anderson who recently departed Old Trafford) have flared up again.
United want Anderson for his skilful and quick play on either wing, predominantly the left, and his great team work. Being only 22, he also has a lot of potential to improve.
Felipe Anderson is a technically gifted left winger hailing from Brazil’s capital, Brasília. He’s currently commencing his 3rd Serie A season with SS Lazio. He has played 60 games for the Italian side, scoring 12 goals getting 13 assists.
Anderson made his move to Europe having carved a career in the Brazilian Serie A with Santos. The same club that fellow United target, Neymar Jr., started at.
After missing out on Pedro, and watching him score and get an assist on his debut for Chelsea, United are still going hard in the market trying to entice the quick and creative forward that boss so deeply craves.
The two big names focused on in this window have been Gareth Bale and Neymar Jr., both of whom would reportedly cost the Red Devils upwards of £100 million. Felipe is a much cheaper option and would bring many of the same attributes to the red side of Manchester.
In Lazio’s first Serie A game, last week, they beat recently promoted Bologna 1909 2-1. In this match, Anderson was benched and his understudy, 20 year old Dutchman Ricardo Kishna scored in the 23rd minute. Felipe did come on for the final 15 minutes, once Bologna scored their first and only goal of the game.
However, in Lazio’s crucial Champions League Qualifier, against Bayer Leverkusen, the Brazilian played for the full game, and helped his side to a 1-0 victory.
Felipe Anderson doesn’t have the calibre of Bale or Neymar Jr. but would be a far more economically sound purchase for Manchester United.