Manchester United have been pursuing Felipe Anderson for a long time and it is believed they submitted a £37m bid for the Lazio winger in January.
The Italian club stood firm them, but that looks to have all changed as their chairman revealed they had accepted a bid from the Premier League outfit.
Speaking to Calciomercato, Claudio Lotito said: “Felipe Anderson will move to Manchester United next season, for £47m.
“I bought Felipe Anderson for €8 million, and I’ve already sold him on for €60 million.”
However, the Red Devils have denied that such a deal is in place and for their sake they better be telling the truth.
Anderson lit up Serie A last season after taking a while to acclimatise, but has noticeably gone off the boil this term.
The 22-year-old Brazilian has only contributed six goals and two assists this campaign, with his inability to set others up a particular cause for concern.
Setting up strikers is essential for a winger, but Anderson’s poor contribution would amount to around £23.5m per assist and Man Utd would be wise to avoid another costly misstep.
The Red Devils have shelled out over £100m for the likes of Angel Di Maria, Memphis Depay and Marouane Fellaini, with none of these particularly impressing the Old Trafford faithful.
Instead, United should turn to a Portuguese winger who they have already been linked with.
According to The Daily Express, via A Bola, the 13-time Premier League champions are scouting Braga’s Rafa Silva.
The 22-year-old winger has a £15.5m release clause in his contract and has been impressive in the Primeira Liga this term.
Silva would clearly be a much cheaper option than Anderson, while his three assists and two goals in seven Europa League appearances show he would be a valuable asset against any calibre of opponent.