Lazio’s Brazilian attacking midfielder, Felipe Anderson, has confirmed that Manchester United have previously tried to sign him.

Speaking to UoL (via Manchester Evening News), the attacker said that he has been subject of the interest of current United manager Louis van Gaal, but his current club were not interested in letting him leave last summer:

“An offer came in last year from Manchester United. Lazio have confirmed this and preferred to keep me to have a great season.”

That bid was quite a substantial one – quoted as being £39.5 million – so it is clear that Lazio will be tough to break down if United do return for Anderson.

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However, with Louis van Gaal and the United board not having improved their offer last summer, it is difficult to see them being willing to pay even more for Felipe Anderson in the coming summer transfer window.

The 22-year-old has made 40 appearances for Lazio this season, 28 as a starting player, and scored just 8 goals and provided 3 assists. With not long to go until the season is over, it is unlikely that the Brazilian vastly improves on these figures to make himself truly worth the £40+ million evaluation by his current club.