Felipe Anderson may not have been around for too long, but his name has continued to crop up with regards to a transfer to the Premier League over the last 18 months.
The Brazilian ace enjoyed a breakthrough year at Lazio last season, scoring ten goals and assisting a further seven in Serie A. His form has dropped off a little since then, acquiring four goals and one assist in the current campaign, but it seems that it has been enough to convince Manchester United.
According to The Sun, who have been guilty of some pretty wild transfer rumours [see here] in recent weeks, Old Trafford officials have travelled to Rome to close a deal for Anderson and could seal it as early as next week.
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The price? Well, this is Manchester United, so, of course, it is a ridiculous £35m – the same price Arsenal paid for Alexis Sanchez.
Something doesn't quite add up. Anderson is a good player, but he is not that good. But, then again, it took us a few days to come around to the fact that United had signed an unknown French teenager for even more – £36m rising to £58m.
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However, now Goal, who don't generally talk too much drivel when it comes to transfer rumours, claim to have received information from Manchester United that a deal for the Brazilian is indeed in the pipeline.
Interestingly, they claim that Anderson's release clause stands at £25m, which is a much more believable figure as far the GiveMeSport experts are concerned.
This guy appears to know what he's talking about
It would be no surprise to see Ed Woodward and Louis van Gaal flex their financial muscle in the January transfer window.
Together they spent £100m in transfer fees this summer and, having failed to win any of their last eight games, are expected to spend big when the window opens on January 2.
But Anderson appears to be an odd choice. He plays as an attacking midfielder, behind the main striker. And who else plays in that position? Only their struggling captain Wayne Rooney.
Is Van Gaal actively looking to replace the 30-year-old? After scoring just two goals all season, it would be no surprise if only form was taken into account, but this is Wayne Rooney we're talking about.
However, he is equally adept at playing on the left-wing, which is bad news for bad boy Memphis Depay.
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