As reports gather pace that Manchester United are set to complete a deal to sign Aleksander Dragovic from Dynamo Kiev, could they be about to miss out on a potential superstar yet again.
Since last summer Manchester United have been linked to signing 22 year old Lazio winger Felipe Anderson. The latest reports suggested that United were preparing to put together a £40 million package to sign the dynamic winger after a reported bid of £37.6 million had been rejected.
But since the 3-3 draw at Newcastle, transfer speculation of Anderson to United appears to have gone quiet, with new reports suggesting that Manchester United might face late competition from Bayern Munich.
“Oh no, not again” some United supporters may be thinking. Going back to players like Thiago Alcantara, Lucas Moura and Pedro who were all but signed transfer targets United managed to let slip due to stalling on deals. While some supporters maybe worried about Bayern’s interest, others are not entirely sold on the idea of bringing Felipe Anderson to Old Trafford, considering the poor season he has had for Lazio so far, opting for proven Premier League quality in Saido Mane and Riyad Mahrez instead.
But surely you would think that a player Bayern Munich are interested in signing would be a fantastic signing for United? You can only look at recent signings Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal who have both been outstanding in their first season at the club. At only 22 years of age, Anderson possess all the attributes United need in an attacking forward. Frightening pace to beat a player, fantastic dribbling ability and can strike the ball with either foot. Why would United let him go anywhere else if they have the chance to sign him. More importantly, the player wants to join United.
Felipe Anderson: Brazilians vs van Gaal
Inconsistent performances? At such a young age it is normal to have inconsistency in his performances, but with all the attributes Anderson has, and his direct playing style, there is great potential to turn him into a future world class talent.
The question is can Luis van Gaal get the best out of the Brazilian winger? That remains to be seen. The last thing any United supporter would want to see is a similar situation with Angel Di Maria. Who took the Premier League by storm in the first half of last season. But due to struggles with his private life and no matter what reports suggest, the manager, Di Maria was shipped off to PSG at the first opportunity. The system van Gaal set up contributed to Di Maria’s struggle to find the early season form that got the fans off their seats.
Van Gaal’s dislike for Brazilian players? Another suggestion while the deal might have gone cold could be van Gaal’s “dislike” for Brazilian players, as suggested by Rivaldo, Giovanni and former United fan favourite Rafael. All whom have worked under van Gaal and had fallen out with the Dutchman while working under him.
Although Manchester United’s Brazilian youngster Andreas Pereira came out against these accusations earlier on in the season, his defence of van Gaal has done little to cement a regular place in the first team. Many will point to Pereira’s outstanding performances on the pre-season tour as reason to give him a deserved run in the team. But has had to settle for a place on the bench. The FA Cup 3rd Round match at home to Sheffeild United seemed like the perfect opportunity to play Pereira from the start, especially after his star performance for the under 21’s, scoring a brace, one directly from a corner. But van Gaal opted for Marouane Fellaini as part of two holding midfielders to many supporters bemusement.
If the transfer of Felipe Anderson to United ignites again, and given freedom to express himself. There is no doubt he would turn out to be a fantastic signing. With players like Martial, Memphis and Hererra in attack and an addition of a World Class striker, the glory days could be back again.