The news recently in the world of Lazio midfielder Hernanes has been that of a player unwilling to move on until the summer, of one who does not want to jeopardise his assured place in the Brazilian World Cup squad by putting his squad place under threat.
The creative midfielder, known as ‘the prophet’ in his homeland has been inconsistent for the capital club this season - but that has not put potential suitors off of a deal.
And today, it is reported that Hernanes wants to leave in January, and Lazio are happy to let him go.
Lazio have already identified the player who will replace Hernanes, and already signed him … just.
Felipe Anderson is the man in question, but it has been a long road to his arrival in Rome.
They originally agreed a fee with Santos back in January but as with many Brazilian youngsters Anderson was not just owned by his club - but also by a third party.
Doyen Sports, who also own part of the contract of former Arsenal target Geoffrey Kondogbia, owned 50% of his rights, and were reportedly to blame for the failure in negotiations.
At the time of the deal Lazio sporting director Igli Tare stated:
"It will remain in history as the most paradoxical and shocking negotiations I have ever been a part of. These third party owners changed their minds continually. When we had everything decided, they would start from scratch two hours later. It all happened for a full week, so it felt like being in the Twilight Zone.’’
Anderson finally completed his move this summer, but has not yet made a telling impact for the first-team.
Judging by the reports in the Italian press today, both Arsenal and Spurs will have to hope that Anderson begins to have a bigger impact on the clubs proceedings.
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