Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has in the past few days declared that the club should add a few players to improve their disappointing performance this season, where they have only managed to score nine goals while conceding as many in their 11 games in the Premier League.
In that vein, the club has identified Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson a good goal scoring midfielder following the squad’s inability to score goals on a consistent basis.
In regard to Van Gaal’s latest comments concerning Anderson’s move to the Old Trafford, questions are already being asked if United are indeed ready to bolster their squad this January.
“I cannot discuss that with you. I don’t think we shall do business in January,” he said.
“But you cannot say that because when there is a chance to make the selection better, we shall do it, but I don’t think we shall do that. But that is this moment.”
Back in Italy, Lazio sporting director has confirmed that no club has approached them to sign the 22-year-old midfielder, adding that he is aware of last year’s bid from United that failed.
“So far we haven’t received anything from Manchester United. He is going through a negative period of form and he knows that, we talked a great deal,” he said.
“He has to find his calm, he is a player who is now well-known and feared. He has what it takes to emerge from this negative moment.
“We turned down a €50m offer from Manchester United on 27 August and nothing has changed since then, because if he finds consistency, then he’s worth much more. We also resisted bigger offers than that, but we have targets to achieve,” the Italian’s club director added.
Anderson has since confirmed that he is unsettled and he has thrown the door open refusing to commit his future to Lazio.
“My future? I don’t know if I’ll stay in January, I’m focused only on my work because I don’t live a good moment. I don’t know what happens,” the midfielder told Sky Italia (via Goal).