Attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson is one of the stars who was being linked with a move to join Premier League giants Manchester United and the speculations don’t just seem to stop. Right through the summer there were reports that the Red Devils had made bids for the player and the young Brazilian was all over the news by Italian media outlets.
Newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport were leading that race with respect to publishing rumours about the 22-year-old superstar. Last March, the world laughed as comparisons were made of his stats to those of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Roberto Baggio, Kaka, Zinedine Zidane and Johan Cruyff. The same newspaper stated in May that United had made a €50m offer for the player, yet a deal did not go through at that point as Lazio wanted more money for their prized possession.
Further, there were other offers, yet the Premier League side’s attempts to sign their target were rebuffed by the Serie A outfit. At Lazio, the season has not started well for Anderson as he has not been starting all games and his sister, who is his agent is not really happy. Corriere dello Sport reported her as saying after a game, “The game today showed the good condition of Felipe Anderson and what he is able to do to help Lazio. Again he was put on the bench, I do not understand why, and showed his courage.”
“Now we expect him to be regularly used… a player of the potential and ability of Felipe Anderson cannot be happy otherwise. He is upset, but responds on the pitch with good football, as he did against Udinese and he had done with the Olympic selection of Brazil, with which he has a prominent place.”