Lazio’s president Cladio Lotito has claimed Felipe Anderson will join Manchester United in the summer, according to reports.
Anderson was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the winter transfer window but a deal couldn’t be arranged.
However, it seems that a deal is now in place to bring the Brazilian to Manchester, with Lotito revealing the 23-year-old will join the Red Devils in the summer.
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Lazio’s president had finished his interviews with reporters after watching his other side, Salernitana, draw 1-1 with Crotone in Serie B.
Lotito then went to talk to club officials next to the journalists and was overheard talking about Lazio midfielder Anderson.
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It’s reported he said: “I bought Felipe Anderson for €8million (£6m) and I have already sold him for €60m (£47m).
“Next season, he will go to Manchester United.”
It's clear that United are seriously interested in the player.
They were keen to sign the talented playmaker in January and Lazio revealed that they had rejected a £39 million bid last August for him.
Last week, Lazio’s sporting director Igli Tare admitted that his club should have sold their star man to United in January.
Lazio are currently eighth in Serie A after finishing third last season and Tare believes that the club made a mistake by not cashing in on Anderson.
"I have seen the transfer activity at other clubs, where they decided to sell some of their valuable assets. It happened at Juventus, at Roma, at Inter and at Napoli. Those could be examples for us,” he told Corriere dello Sport.
"I can understand it if you sell a player and then reinvest the money to strengthen the squad. Maybe we made a mistake not to sell anyone.
"But the idea behind our decision not to take the €50m for Felipe Anderson was because we wanted to continue our project with the same group after a good season.
"If you make it into the Champions League, your players are worth even more.”
Anderson has failed to hit the heights of last season where his ten league goals led Lazio to their highest Serie A finish for eight years.
The attacking-midfielder, who has been capped just once for his country, has managed seven goals in 33 matches in all competitions this season.
If the reports are true, Tare will get his wish in the summer with the club receiving a massive £47 million for the former Santos man.
If Anderson does join United, it’s unclear which manager he’ll be playing under. Speculation has been rife about the future of current manager Louis van Gaal with Jose Mourinho being heavily linked with the job.