West Ham United winger Felipe Anderson has secured a move away from the London Stadium.
That’s according to the new Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri, who all but confirmed in a recent press conference (via TuttoMercatoWeb) that the West Ham winger would be making a return to the Stadio Olimpico this summer.
The 62-year-old said: “If I hadn’t believed in his relaunch, I would have opposed his purchase. Here at Lazio, he had an incredible 6-7 months. It seemed he was destined for Barcelona or Bayern Munich. When I was in England, he had a good first year, but he always struggles with consistency.
“We must try to create the best situation for him. I cannot understand the reason for his inconsistency. I hope to understand him when I meet him. He has ferocious potential.”
The Italian club also appeared to confirm the arrival of the Brazil international in a post on their official agency app on Wednesday, with Sport Witness reporting that the club are set to pay West Ham just €3m (£2.5m) for the signing of the 28-year-old.
While the fee for Anderson is certainly nowhere near the reported £34m figure the Hammers paid for the winger back in 2018, the fact that David Gold and David Sullivan have got the Brazilian’s £85k-per-week wages off of their books, in addition to a small transfer fee, will have undoubtedly delighted the West Ham owners.
Indeed, it is evident that things did not go as planned for Anderson in east London, despite the forward showing real signs of promise in his first season at the club.
That year, the £9m-rated man scored nine goals, registered four assists and created a whopping 10 big chances over his 36 Premier League appearances, earning a highly impressive seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.09.
However, after a less impressive campaign in the following season, scoring just one goal and providing four assists over his 25 top-flight appearances, the 28-year-old found himself slipping down the pecking order at the London Stadium, before eventually being loaned out to FC Porto last term.
And, it would now appear that the man Robert Snodgrass once dubbed a “terrific talent” is seeing his West Ham relationship nearing an end. It now looks incredibly likely that Anderson will be making a return to his former club in the very near future.