Jun 14, 2017
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Why are Manchester United the bookies’ favourites for Lazio’s Felipe Anderson?

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Sky Bet are offering odds as short as 5/4 on Manchester United completing a summer signing in the form of Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson. Chelsea are also in the running at 8/1, whilst Liverpool and Arsenal have also been linked with odds at 18/1 and 20/1 respectively.

The 24-year-old Brazilian joined Lazio from Santos in 2013 and has gone from strength to strength with his creative displays from the right wing. Also capable of playing as a central attacking midfielder or on the left, he has scored 26 goals and registered 33 assists in 145 games for the Rome club.

How would he fit in at Old Trafford?

With a revamp of the Red Devils’ front line this summer, Anderson could be exactly what Jose Mourinho is looking for to provide service to his new look attack. Creative and with bags of energy, he could bring the kind of dribbling and pace down the flanks that the likes of Juan Mata lack.

Also more than keen to get back and help out defensively, that side of his game will more than appeal to Mourinho. Given his desire for wingers who can drop deep to defend solidly when required, the Lazio star could be a stand-out option in the current market.

Who else is in the running?

Juventus are also on the bookies’ shortlist to snap up the winger, but there are four Premier League clubs chasing him. Both Liverpool and Chelsea have wingers high on their list of priorities this summer, but Jurgen Klopp may be looking for a more prolific player to form part of his front three.

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Is a move likely?

Given that he recently told Sport TV, as translated by the Independent and Daily Mail, that, “every player dreams of playing for a team like United,” it could be possible.

Lazio finished the season in a disappointing fifth place and will face a challenge from two clubs in Milan investing heavily this summer, so now may be the time for the Brazilian to make a move.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.