Lazio sporting director Igli Tare reveals Felipe Anderson bid of €50m rejected

by Tanveer Arayan

Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has confirmed the club rejected a €50m bid for Felipe Anderson in January.

The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford as Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal looked to boost his attacking force during the transfer window.

Anderson enjoyed a successful run with the Italian side and despite a slight fall in form has been vital for Stefano Pioli’s side.

Tare admitted that an offer was rejected for the Brazilian to help build consistency on his team..

“Yes, it could’ve been a mistake not to sell anyone, but I can say that the idea to refuse €50m for Felipe Anderson was because we strongly wanted to give consistency to this project,” he told Corriere dello Sport.

I’d be a bit surprised if United had bid that much for anybody in January because Louis van Gaal really wasn’t active in the market at all. Whether that was his or the club’s choice is a different conversation altogether.

Anderson’s position was certainly an area where we could have done with a new face because the wide positions have lacked this season but it’s always hard to bring in the players you want to in January, regardless of how much money you have.

United might have bought plenty of players over the last couple of summers but I fully expect us to be the talk of the town this year as well with whoever comes in to replace van Gaal.

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