According to The Guardian, Lazio have denied reports claiming Felipe Anderson will move to Manchester United this summer in a €60million transfer; whilst The Daily Mail claim Chelsea have agreed a ‘deal in principle’ with Italy manager Antonio Conte.
Earlier this week, Lazio president Claudio Lotito was quoted as saying; “Felipe Anderson will move to Manchester United next season for €60million. I bought Felipe Anderson for €8million, and I’ve already sold him on for €60million.”
The Brazil international has been on the Red Devils’ radar for some time; they reportedly launched an ill-fated £37.6million bid last summer and were linked with him once again during the January transfer window; so many took Lotito’s comments at face value.
But according to The Guardian, Lazio have not only claimed the reports “devoid of foundation,” but also denied their president made the original statement. Anderson, aged 22, has netted 16 times in 69 Serie A appearances for the Stadio Olimpico outfit.
Meanwhile, The Daily Mail – who cite Italian publication La Gazzetta Dello Sport – claim Chelsea have agreed a ‘deal in principle’ with Antonio Conte to become their next manager – with Guus Hiddink’s interim spell set to end in the summer.
The 46-year-old lead Juventus to three consecutive Serie A titles before taking the Italy job in 2014. But his contract with the national team is set to expire after the summer’s European Championships and he reportedly wants a return to club management.
The Daily Mail claim Chelsea have now agreed a deal in principle with Conte and further discussions are scheduled for March, but nothing is set in stone just yet and the ultimate decision will rest with owner Roman Abramovich.
The other leading contenders for the Stamford Bridge hot seat include Conte’s successor in Turin, Massimo Allegri, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, former Chile gaffer Jorge Sampaoli and Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino.