Manchester United sent chief scout Jim Lawlor to watch Lazio’s Felipe Anderson in action at the weekend.
The 21-year-old scored in Lazio’s 2-0 over Verona and The Telegraph’s John Percy reports he is on Louis van Gaal‘s transfer list heading into the summer.
With Radamel Falcao looking closer to an exit from Man United rather than a permanent deal and Robin van Persie struggling all season with injuries, van Gaal will certainly be looking at potential new attackers he could bring to the club.
Liverpool have also sent scouts to watch Anderson (no, not that one), so there is certainly more than one club around Europe who is keeping tabs on the Brazilian rated at £30m by Lazio.
Having played on both wings and centrally this season, Anderson’s versatility has helped him to score ten goals and create six assists in 22 appearances across all competitions.
Right now, Anderson is in excellent form. In his last five appearances he has been named man of the match on three occasions, scored four goals and got two assists which is a superb return for any player.
Versatility is one of van Gaal’s favourite traits in a player and with United now moving towards the 4-3-3 system most expected to see under the Dutchman, an attacker who can play across both wings would tick a lot of boxes in terms of strengthening the squad.