Felipe Anderson was a Spurs and Manchester City target

The midfielder opted for Lazio but he may remain on the radar of the two Premier League teams.

ManchesterCity and Tottenham Hotspur will most likely be keeping close tabs on midfielder Felipe Anderson, after it was revealed that the teams both tried to sign the player over the summer.

The 20-year-old was among the hottest properties in Brazilian football this year, following a series of stirring displays for Santos alongside Barcelona new boy Neymar.

In the end the player opted to link up with fellow countryman and current international Hernanes at Lazio, who has enjoyed notable success with the Rome club, winning the Coppa Italia last term.

Speaking to Radio Mana Sport this week, the player’s agent Stefano Castagna confirmed the list of teams that had been interested in landing the midfielder.

"Atletico Madrid, ManchesterCity, Tottenham and rich Russian and Ukrainian clubs had moved for him too,” he told the broadcasters.

But while Anderson had a wealth of options when it came to choosing his big-money European move, his time at Lazio has thus far been a frustrating one.

The former Santos man suffered an ankle injury in pre-season, which has delayed his debut for the Italian team.

And while his agent was keen to stress that “Felipe Anderson is the present and the future of Lazio,” some fans may be understandably sceptical of a player they have yet to see in the sky blue of the Aquilotti.

Once fit, there is also no guarantee that the 20-year-old will even be an automatic starter for the Rome side, with some 11 different players contesting a midfield berth at the club.

Any failure to land first-team football could open the door for either Manchester City of Tottenham to make a move, with January offering the ideal point for any loan move.

In either case Anderson would find compatriots in plentiful supply, with Spurs hosting both Sandro and Paulinho on their books while City have new boy Fernandinho.

While the move may depend on a variety of factors, the opportunity to land a young, talented player for a cut-rate price would most likely be too good to turn down for either side.

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