West Ham United misfit Felipe Anderson could be set for a return to Lazio as his disappointing spell in the Premier League comes to an end, as reported by Tuttomercatoweb.
When the Hammers paid a club-record £36 million fee to sign a Brazil international in 2018, they wouldn’t have been expecting to send that same player back to his former club on a free transfer three years later.
But that’s the reality Anderson and West Ham face.
A close friend of Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar, the fleet-footed 28-year-old looked destined to follow in the footsteps of Paolo Di Canio and Dimitri Payet during his debut season in English football. The mercurial talent’s unpredictability and game-changing potential made him an immediate fans’ favourite.
But while Manuel Pellegrini was willing to take the rough with the smooth, David Moyes certainly wasn’t.
Anderson, a player whose work rate never matched his technical ability, was bombed out of the first-team picture once the Scot returned for a second spell in the dugout. Anderson spent the whole of last season warming the bench on loan at Porto.
Will Felipe Anderson play for West Ham again?
West Ham could even be tempted to rip up the final 12 months of Anderson’s contract, as reported by Sabah, to get his £80,000-a-week pay packet off their wage bill.
You would think a return to the Italian capital would appeal, then, to a player desperate to get his career back on track.
TMW claims Lazio could open talks with Anderson during the next couple of days as they consider a reunion with a man who, for a while at least, blossomed into one of Serie A’s most exciting attackers.
Interestingly, new Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri considered making a bid for Anderson during his first summer at Chelsea in 2018 (Calciomercato).