Speaking to the Brazilian media this week, Santos president Andres Rueda revealed that he’s made initial contact for the potential signing of Felipe Anderson from West Ham.
The official explained that he got in touch with a few players who’ve been in Europe. Since the midfielder started his career in the club’s youth ranks, having played for them until 2013, it was worth checking his situation.
Rueda claimed that he couldn’t sign Felipe Anderson because of his monthly wages, which according to the president, amount to R$1.4m (£200k).
Well, it isn’t shocking to see that a player in Europe makes a lot more than a South American club can afford. But Santos fans soon started wondering if that’s the wages the midfielder has at West Ham or if that’s what he demanded to return to his old club.
It seems Felipe Anderson’s staff aren’t happy with the story, and as posted by journalist Lucas Musetti on Twitter, they released a statement claiming there’ve been no talks with Santos regarding a move.
“The staff of athlete Felipe Anderson clarify that the player did not have any conversation with Santos’ management about the possibility of returning to defend the club, nor did he mention anything related to his salary or how much he’d like to earn in a possible return.
“The company also makes it clear that the player’s contract belongs to West Ham and that any matter of that nature must be dealt with first with the English club.”
Felipe Anderson has a contract with West Ham running until 2022. Following a disappointing loan spell at Porto, his future with the Hammers remains unclear.