Lazio star Felipe Anderson has confirmed that Manchester United did submit a bid in the region of £40million for him last summer, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
Anderson has been heavily linked with a move away from the Biancocolesti previously, with the Red Devils supposedly submitting an offer in August before they finally signed Anthony Martial from Monaco.
However, now the Brazil international has come out to confirm United’s £40million bid, which Lazio turned down.
Despite the interest, the 22-year-old has no intentions of pushing for a transfer, instead claiming that he wants to focus on doing the best he can for his current club.
“Whenever we’re approaching the transfer market there’s a lot of talk about my future,” he said.
“For two years my name has been linked with several European clubs. I continue to work and think only of Lazio, otherwise I just risk being distracted.
“My goal is to do well with Lazio and the Brazil Olympic team, I’m not thinking about anything else.
“I want to finish the season well, and I want to show my potential so I can be called up.
“Manchester United? An offer came in last year, Lazio have confirmed that’s the case too. They preferred to keep me, though, to have a great season.
“Unfortunately we were unable to repeat our achievements of last year, but we’re continuing to work hard, we’ll see what the future holds.”
Some in the Lazio hierarchy are adamant that the club should have sold Anderson last summer, as the attacking midfielder has suffered a drop in form compared to the previous season.
Anderson has made 40 appearances in all competitions this term, scoring eight goals and supplying five assists.