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Manchester City & Tottenham wanted Anderson, says agent

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Manchester City and Tottenham were among several clubs who failed with bids for Brazil under-20 international Felipe Anderson this summer, according to the player's agent.

Anderson made the move to Lazio from Santos this summer, after Tottenham had reportedly scouted him on several occasions. Manchester City, Atletico Madrid and a number of unnamed Russian and Ukrainian clubs were also mentioned by Anderson's agent, Stefano Castagna.

But the Brazilian playmaker opted instead for Italy, and Castagna insists he's received assurances that his player is viewed as a key part of Lazio's future.

"Felipe Anderson is the present and the future of Lazio," Anderson told Radio Mana Sport. "Felipe is now eager and ready to repay the faith [president] Claudio Lotito and [sporting director] Igli Tare placed in him by signing him from Brazil.

"Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Tottenham and rich Russian and Ukrainian clubs had moved for him too."

The 20-year-old moved to Lazio for a fee reported to be €8m and he signed a five-year deal with the Rome-based club.

Tottenham and Manchester City were both very active during the summer window. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas lost Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, but re-invested the world record £85m fee in seven players - Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen and Vlad Chiriches.

Manchester City did much of their work early on in the window. City manager Manuel Pellegrini brought in Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo and Fernandinho before the start of preseason.

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