Manchester United have been boosted in their chase for Felipe Anderson after Lazio club director Igli Tare revealed that they should have sold him when they received a £37.8million bid last summer, Metro reports.
Anderson was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in previous transfer windows, with the Brazil international brilliant for Lazio in the Serie A last season.
This saw the Biancocolesti determined to keep Anderson at the Stadio Olimpico to help them return into the Champions League, even rejecting a reported £37.8million bid from United last summer.
However, the left winger has failed to replicate his form from last season, which has resulted in club director Tare regretting the opportunity to sell him at such a high price.
“We have to make a complete analysis when making decisions, both on an economic and sporting level,” said Tare.
“I have seen the transfer activity at other clubs, where they decided to sell some of their valuable assets. It happened at Juventus, at Roma, at Inter Milan and at Napoli. They’re examples for us.
“The idea behind our decision not to take €50million for Felipe Anderson was because we wanted to continue our project with the same group after a good season.
“If you make it into the Champions League, your players are worth even more.”
The news will come as a big boost to the Red Devils, who could now maybe persuade Lazio to sell the 22-year-old at a much lower valuation.
Anderson has made 34 appearances in all competitions this term, scoring seven goals.