Things have escalated quickly regarding Felipe Anderson and a potential exit from Lazio over the past few days, with West Ham believed to have made an offer for the Brazilian winger, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Having had his ups and downs with Simone Inzaghi over the course of the season, the 25-year-old was very close to forcing his way out from the club at one point, but the pair patched things up and the forward finished the season strongly.
Needing some money to make up for the fact they failed to qualify for the Champions League on the last day of the season, Lazio are considering sales, but they won’t go for anything below €50m for Felipe Anderson.
That means the €38m West Ham are believed to have offered for his services aren’t quite up to par, and there’s very little chance of Claudio Lotito accepting it.
The reason why the asking price is so high is that Lazio would owe Santos 25% of any profit they make on the player (they paid €8m for him), so the more they get for him, the more they get to keep.
The Serie A club are also in no rush to get a deal done, expecting to play hard ball all summer for any departure, whether it be the Brazilian or Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Gazzetta also don’t exclude the possibility of Anderson renewing with Lazio.