Man United plotting incredible £116m double swoop to inject attack with much-needed spark

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Manchester United are lining up a £45m swoop for Lazio forward Felipe Anderson and also have Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez high on their transfer wish-list, according to The Sun.

The Red Devils’ attack is in need of drastic reconstruction despite heavy spending under Louis van Gaal. They have scored just 11 goals in their last 15 games, of which they have only won three.

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The Sun adds that United have been keeping tabs on Anderson for some time and are now ready to meet his lofty asking price after seeing him notch five goals from attacking midfield for Lazio this season.

The 22-year-old has recently become a full Brazilian international, but would represent a long-term investment in the Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay mould, rather than a marquee signing.

Old Trafford bosses have given up their hopes of signing either Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale, but do have their eye on another Madrid superstar – Colombian international Rodriguez, The Sun reports.

The Daily Mail claims that the 24-year-old is unhappy with life under Rafael Benitez at the Bernabeu, and United may take advantage of that to try to persuade him to move to the Premier League.

Rodriguez cost Real £71m after starring at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil – fee reported by The Sun – and is likely to command a similar sum if the Red Devils do pursue him in January or next summer.

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