Manchester United are ready to test Lazio's resolve to keep talented playmaker Felipe Anderson by making a £30 million bid for the Brazil U21 international.
The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to England this summer having also attracted admiring glances from newly crowned Premier League champions Chelsea.
However, according to the Daily Star it's the Red Devils that look set to firm up their interest first with a big-money bid for the exciting midfielder as Louis van Gaal looks to lure Anderson to Old Trafford.
The veteran Dutch coach's hand could be strengthened by the fact the Serie 'A' outfit are keen on recruiting Robin van Persie, so a swap-deal involving the former Arsenal striker could help convince the Italians to cash-in.
Manchester United's intentions have been made that bit harder by the fact that Anderson penned a new five-year contract at Stadio Olimpico last week, but they remain quietly optimistic of securing the South American's signature.
Local rivals Manchester City and Barcelona are understood to have scouted Anderson as well, but it's Van Gaal that is leading the race for his signature, believing that he'll fit perfectly into his squad at the Theatre of Dreams thanks to his capability of playing as both an attacking midfielder and a winger.
After making his name at Santos back in his homeland, Anderson moved to Rome in the summer of 2013 where he has gone on to establish himself as one of the most exciting young talents in the country.
He contributed ten goals and nine assists in 27 games across all competitions by April 2015, and earned a place in Brazil's senior national team squad for the forthcoming Copa America tournament which takes place in Chile later this month.
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