If you believe what you read in the press and Metro to be precise, you’ll know that Felipe Anderson’s proposed switch to Manchester United seems to be edging ever closer with Lazio looking at Stephan El Shaarawy as a replacement.
But is it all really as simple as that?
Perhaps the annual Nico Gaitan rumours have haunted our resident Red Devils too much down the years but a few of our United contingent are refusing to get carried away at all costs regarding the Anderson rumours knowing that stories such as this have proved to be flaky in the past.
With United struggling for goals from all areas of the field so far this season, adding another attacking player this month seems a sensible move and when you consider the club didn’t end up replacing Angel Di Maria, you can see how another could fit in.
In Anderson, the £36.9 million-rated Brazilian international isn’t coming cheap and only boasts one senior international cap with his country although he is critically acclaimed over in Serie A.
Like any signing, the scrutiny is huge at Old Trafford however and considering Memphis Depay has failed to scale the heights he set at PSV Eindhoven so far this term, Anderson would have to hit the ground running like Anthony Martial did to justify his fee.
But say the Anderson deal were to fall through? Just who would van Gaal target then? Here’s five men who he could turn to in such an emergency.
Click on the image below to reveal the five Felipe Anderson alternatives for Manchester United to consider this month.