United set to HIJACK move for £36m-rated Chelsea target

Manchester United are ready to submit an offer for Lazio’s Felipe Anderson, according to The Express.

United have sent scouts to watch the 22 year old on a number of occasions this season and Chelsea are reportedly also interested in the Brazilian.

Reports suggest that United are readying a £36 million bid for the midfielder who they see as a replacement for flop, Angel Di Maria.

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Anderson has scored ten goals in 30 Serie A appearances this season and has played in a key role in Stefano Pioli’s side.

Louis Van Gaal could provide Anderson with more first team football than Chelsea as he is set for another summer revamp of his United squad.

Jose Mourinho has claimed he will be doing ‘a little’ business in the summer transfer window, but with his midfield looking settled, regular playing time seems unlikely for any addition to his squad.

Will Felipe Anderson sign for Manchester United? Do Chelsea need him?

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Louis Van Gaal sends assistant to Italy to watch multiple targets

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal sent an assistant to Napoli to watch the Serie A side’s Coppa Italia semi-final with Lazio tonight, with at least three players being monitored ahead of possible summer moves, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Italian duo faced off at the San Paolo, with Lazio coming out on top in a tight 1-0 win to seal a place in the final against Juventus, and United took the opportunity to watch some of their transfer targets up close.

Lazio duo Felipe Anderson and Lucas Biglia were both being scouted, as was Napoli’s star man Gonzalo Higuain.

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Biglia is an experienced defensive midfielder, and was also a target for United in January but could be signed this summer for around £8 million.

His Lazio teammate Felipe Anderson is an exciting left-winger, who can play across the front line, and is also a target for Premier League leaders Chelsea.

The 21-year-old Brazilian forward has scored 10 goals with eight assists in 26 games across Serie A and the Coppa Italia this season and has already been watched by United scouts on a couple of occasions this year.

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While Higuain is also being watched, despite being linked with a summer move to Arsenal. Van Gaal is going to need to strengthen his attack this summer as Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie are both likely to depart.

Edinson Cavani has been strongly linked with a £60 million switch to Old Trafford but Higuain is also an exciting option and has scored 23 goals in all competitions for Napoli this season.

Should Manchester United make a move for any of the three players reportedly being watched in Napoli? Who should be a priority?