Lazio star Felipe Anderson was one of the revelations of the 2014-15 Serie A season, but with sides such as Manchester United circling, his club have announced that he will cost €100 million (approximately £72 million) if any club is to sign him this summer.
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According to Corriere dello Sport, Lazio president Claudio Lolito is determined to keep hold of their star player, especially after having qualified for the UEFA Champions League for only the second time in the past decade.
“He is not worth less than 100 million,” said Lolito, well aware of the huge interest in his most valuable asset.
Italian newspaper La Repubblica claimed this week that Louis Van Gaal had added the player to his list of potential summer transfer targets, with local rivals Manchester City their most serious competition.
The 22 year-old only signed a new contract with the club a little over two months ago, and spoke of his contentment in Italy.
“My story with Lazio is only just beginning,” Anderson was quoted as saying in March by the Telegraph, who also reported Man Utd had sent scouts to watch him in action.
“I’m really at home in Rome. Lazio has believed in my potential since the start and even my family is happy.”
It is little wonder that Lazio have slapped such a high price tag on the player. Having spent the first half of the season on the bench, Anderson was finally afforded just his second Serie A start in December, scoring the winner away to Parma. He did not look back, scoring 10 goals and supplying nine assists in his next 24 matches, and the playmaker was instrumental in helping Lazio to a third place finish and a place at Europe’s top table next term.