Man United final offensive to close deal 'imminent', club agree to sell

Up until now, the most recent reports on Felipe Anderson to Manchester United had been from the British press and almost certainly inspired by a claim from The Sun a week or so ago. The Italian media love a rumour but they couldn't get anything from Lazio's side to back the idea of a sale up.

Italian newspaper La Repubblica contacted Lazio to ask about British claims of a deal being close, or even done, and they were told it was nonsense. British claims have been covered but with little input from the Italian side, perhaps that's changed on Tuesday.

Gazzetta dello Sport say that Manchester United's final offensive to sign Anderson is 'imminent'. And unlike last summer, when Gazzetta say Manchester United bid almost €50m, Lazio are of a mind to sell. They have accepted that Anderson is perhaps a sacrifice worth making, as long as funds are invested elsewhere.

What has changed things is that it's now early in the window, whereas the €50m summer bid apparently came late, and Anderson isn't having a very good season at all. 

It's hard to know what has prompted the Gazzetta article, It could well be assumptions, or it could be that Lazio have decided they're quite keen on the idea of a big chunk of money for Anderson, and so are encouraging the stories, because if not Manchester United... then perhaps someone else will pay a big fee.

Alternatively, this is the real deal. Only time will tell, because Gazzetta make it pretty clear that if Manchester United really want Anderson, he's almost certainly theirs. 

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