Numerous reports suggest that Manchester United have offered Lazio $50 million for midfielder Filipe Anderson. The 22-year-old Brazilian attacker impressed in the heart of Lazio’s midfield last season as they finished third in Serie A and qualified for the UEFA Champions League. Anderson scored 10 goals and added seven assists in the 2014-15 season, with the former Santos star putting in electrifying displays to terrorize opposition defenders. With Louis van Gaal set to be given a considerable budget of over $150 million to spend this summer, Anderson is young, hungry and just the type of player United need to challenge for the Premier League and UCL.
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But with Ashley Young and Angel di Maria already around and Memphis Depay now on board, do United need another pacey attacking midfielder? Anderson has previously stated his desire to remain at Lazio after signing new five-year deal last season but it seems like LVG is stocking up world-class talents whenever he can get his hands on them. Let’s see if his rumored pursuit of Anderson bears fruit.
Charlie Austin continues to attract interest from across the Premier League as the Sun reports that Liverpool want to sign the striker but the London Evening Standard reports that the QPR striker is wanted by Chelsea, West Ham United, Southampton and Newcastle. Austin, 25, scored 18 times for the R’s last season despite the west London club being relegated from the Premier League. QPR are said to want around $22 million for Austin as the forward was called up to the English national team squad for the final two games of their season. Austin’s ability to either lead the line or play off a target man make him a sensible choice for West Ham, Saints and Newcastle, while it is believed that he would prefer to be a starter wherever he ends up so Liverpool and Chelsea may be out of question.
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The Hammers and Saints can both offer Austin European soccer as they’ve qualified for the Europa League, but he may fancy the chance to help Newcastle rise back up the league under new boss Steve McClaren. A decision on Austin’s future is expected in the coming days after he returns from international duty with England but it is clear the fourth-highest scorer in the PL last season is in demand.
According to multiple reports Liverpool are closing in on a $7 million deal to sign Charlton Athletic’s right back Joe Gomez. The 18-year-old defender played 24 time for the Addicks in England’s second-tier last season and is expected to have a bright future and make the step up to the PL. Liverpool needs a right back after losing Glen Johnson on a free transfer but they do have the likes of Andre Wisdom (out on loan the past two seasons), Jon Flanagan returning from injury and on-loan Javier Manquillo to call on. Could England U-19 defender Gomez be a long-term and relatively cheap option as the Reds’ right back?