Lazio playmaker Felipe Anderson has confirmed that Manchester United made an offer for him last year, but Lazio opted to turn it down.
The Brazilian star was the subject of a €50m offer, as reported by ESPN FC, but it was decided that he would remain in the Italian capital for another season at least.
While he has since insisted that he wants to stay in Italy, the 22-year-old has finally ended discussion over whether or not an offer was put on the table by the Premier League giants.
“For two years my name has been linked with several European clubs. I continue to work and think only of Lazio, otherwise I just risk being distracted,” he told LaLazioSiamoNoi
“My goal is to do well with Lazio and the Brazil Olympic team, I’m not thinking about anything else. I want to finish the season well, and I want to show my potential so I can be called-up.
“Manchester United? An offer came in last year, Lazio have confirmed that’s the case too. They preferred to keep me though, to have a great season.”
Anderson went on to concede that the team as a whole hasn’t been able to repeat their achievements from last year, with Stefano Pioli’s side currently sitting in eighth place in the Serie A table with eight games remaining.
While they still hold an outside chance of qualifying for Europe, Anderson will hope to play an instrumental role in their final push having failed to perform consistently this season.
The Brazilian ace has scored just eight goals and provided five assists in 40 appearances in all competitions, thus casting doubt over his valuation and whether or not United will reignite their interest in the player this summer.
Although undeniable talented, the figures being talked about for Anderson are certainly disproportionate to what a club like United would be receiving. While there is plenty of time for that change as he continues to develop his game and mature, he would be well placed staying at Lazio and continuing to prove his worth before moving to a European giant such as United.