United Warned Over Felipe Anderson
Manchester United have been told they are in danger of missing out on Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson. The Brazilian has been watched on a number of occasions by scouts from Old Trafford, but reports today claim that with Manchester City, Barcelona and Chelsea all keen on the 22-year-old United will have to move quickly.
But, as ever, all isn’t as clear-cut as it may seem. Barcelona’s interest will have to wait until January 2016 due to their worldwide transfer embargo which lasts for the rest of this year. Meanwhile, the interest of United, City and Chelsea is complicated by Anderson’s lack of any full international caps for Brazil. He has made four appearances for his country’s under-20s and two for the under-21s but he has yet to appear for the senior squad.
The FA’s new rules for overseas players came into force last month. Non-EU players must have played in a set number of competitive games for their country. However, the rule could be waived for players costing over £10million. That clause has yet to be tested.
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Lazio rate Anderson at €50million (£36million). It remains to be seen whether any of the Premier League trio would be prepared to go as high as that for Anderson.
United have an apparent advantage in that they are in talks with Lazio over a move to the Italian club for striker Robin van Persie. Discussions could be widened to include a deal for Anderson though any transfer for the Brazilian is likely to be treated separately to that of van Persie.
United Linked With Cech
Manchester United are the latest side to be linked with Chelsea keeper Petr Cech. The 33-year-old looks set to leave this summer and has been linked with Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Turkish side Besiktas.
However, TalkSport claims the Czech Republic international could be a Manchester United transfer target should David De Gea leave for Real Madrid.
There is no news on De Gea’s future. Madrid have told Keylor Navas that he does have a future at the club leading to speculation about Iker Casillas’s position should De Gea move to the Bernabeu.
Cech will come to a decision over his future after next week’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Iceland.
Hernandez Keen On Real Return
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez wants a move back to Real Madrid. The Mexico international spent last season on loan at the La Liga side and hit a purple patch of form towards the end of his season-long spell scoring five goals in his final 11 games for the club.
Hernandez is hedging his bets. He recently praised the new Madrid coach Rafa Benitez who is known to be an admirer of Hernandez.
“I think that Rafa knows me. He is a really good coach and I think he will do a great job at Madrid.”
Hernandez is about to head into the final year of his contract at Old Trafford. Real passed up the chance to sign him permanently for £11million, but they paid a £2million loan fee for the 26-year-old last summer. It isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that they could sign him on loan again next season and then on a free transfer next summer.
’I’ll Support Di Maria’ Says Argentina Coach
Argentina boss Gerardo Martino says he would support Angel Di Maria if he chooses to leave Manchester United.
The Argentine winger has been linked with interest from Paris Saint-Germain, but Martino says that whatever decision Di Maria makes will be backed by the hierarchy in the Argentina national team.
“It’s logical; he wants to offer his best performances at Manchester United. He had a season when the ending was not good, but his beginning was really good,” said Martino who will lead Argentina into the Copa America tournament later this month.
“His form went from high to low, that’s clear. He knows that and has the willing to change this image. Whatever makes him happy, we will be by his side.”
But Di Maria looks set to remain at Old Trafford next season. Despite being linked with Paris Saint-Germain he says he will return to United after the Copa America.
“I have just finished my first season playing for Manchester United,” he said this wek.
“Now I will play the Copa America and then I will move back to Manchester for next season and do my best there.”