Manchester United to launch £40 million bid for Lazio's Felipe Anderson

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Manchester United are lining up a £40 million bid for Lazio playmaker Felipe Anderson, according to the Mirror.

The Red Devils splashed the cash on six new players in the summer transfer window - Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Sergio Romero, and Anthony Martial - but the Mirror say that boss Louis van Gaal is keen to go back into the transfer market in order to solve the problems with his squad.

The Dutch boss has watched his side fail to find the back of the net in their last three games, and the 22-year-old Brazilian may be just the man to stop the rot.

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Anderson has emerged as one of the most talented playmakers in Europe with Lazio, and bagged 10 league goals for the Serie A side last time round, while he's bagged four in 10 this term already.

Bayern Munich are also interested in Anderson, who reportedly has a release clause that's valued at £57 million.

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The Mirror say that Manchester United aren't willing to pay that sort of money, but are convinced that an offer of around £40 million could convince Lazio to sell up when the winter window opens. Bayern are said to value the former Santos ace at around £35 million, which gives the Red Devils the upper hand.

Speculation over his future has reached such a point that his agency, Base Soccer, released a statement denying the transfer rumours. It read: "Contrary to reports, Felipe Anderson has not agreed a deal to leave Lazio and join anyone else.

"Felipe is doing well at Lazio and is only focused on doing his best for them."

Before the January window opens however, Van Gaal will look to find a way to solve his goal-scoring problems with the players at his disposal.

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