Report: Manchester United officials fly out to Italy in attempt to seal move for Lazio's Felipe Anderson

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The Brazilian appears to be Louis van Gaal's primary January target.

Manchester United appear to be closing in on a deal for Lazio playmaker Felipe Anderson after The Sun claimed that the club's officials had headed out to Rome in an attempt to get a move across the line.

The Sun suggests that the Brazilian would move to Old Trafford for £35m, in a deal that could be completed in the next week.

However, and perhaps unsurprisingly given the fee being mooted, the 22-year-old's arrival could result in the departures of one or two of his potential new teammates, The Sun reports.

Given the outlay, Anderson would be under immense pressure to breathe new life into United's season, as well as Louis van Gaal's tenure at the club.

Lazio's top goalscorer would be joining a side that have not won in eight games in all competitions, find themselves out of the Champions League, and nine points off the top of the Premier League table. 

With a defence that looks much more assured than it did during the Dutchman's first term at the helm, there is little question that their problems lie further up the field. Only one side in the top half have scored fewer times than United this season, and so, Anderson's potential arrival may prove crucial to United's campaign.

However, if the attacking midfielder fails to justify the fee involved in the move, then the calls for van Gaal to depart will become much louder, and almost impossible to ignore.

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