​Manchester United were linked with Lazio's Felipe Anderson throughout last summer. He had a stunning second half of the season in Serie A and United were desperate for attacking flair, so it made logical sense that he'd been included on their wanted list.

Speculation continues and United are reported to be closer than ever to signing the Brazilian this month, so long as they pay the reported £35m asking price. But is he worth the money? And just who is Felipe Anderson?

Here's five things to know about the 22-year-old.

He's Neymar's Best Mate


Anderson is best friends with Barcelona forward Neymar and has even been described as his 'little brother'.

While Neymar was making a huge name for himself at Brazilian club Santos, Anderson was coming through the ranks there. He made his first team debut for the club in 2010, and was a bit part player in the team that won the 2011 Copa Libertadores - though the likes of Juventus' Alex Sandro, Real Madrid's Danilo, Ganso and Elano featured regularly at the time.

It wasn't until the 2011/12 season that Anderson made his mark, though he eventually moved to Lazio in June 2013.

It Took Him Time to Find His Feet in Serie A...

US Sassuolo Calcio v SS Lazio - Serie A

That move was not without complications. He had initially agreed to join Lazio in January 2013, though the deal could not be completed because the necessary paperwork failed to arrive in time before the transfer window closed.

He did move the following summer, but failed to make an instant impact. In fact, it took him 18 months to score his first league goal for Lazio.

A barren run of 24 appearances and over 900 minutes of playing time went by before his first strike in December 2014 - but he's moved from strength to strength since. Anderson hit ten Serie A goals last season and one in the Italian Cup.

...And He's Been a Little Underwhelming This Season

SS Lazio v Frosinone Calcio - Serie A

Anderson has failed to recapture the same form this season that led to the United speculation in the first place, but still has the talent to make himself a long-term success.

He's scored only four league goals in 17 Serie A showings so far this year, and has hit another goal in the Europa League. He's somewhat hit and miss and performs to his best in spurts, like many other young attacking players - United know "hit and miss" all-too-well after seeing Memphis Depay this season.

Anderson has bags of potential though and was handed his first senior international cap by Brazil in June last year.

He's Versatile

SS Lazio v Genoa CFC - Serie A

Anderson has predominantly featured on the left wing for the Biancocelesti, but he is not bound to one position and can play on the left, right or centrally in attacking midfield.

That'd certainly suit United manager Louis van Gaal, who has a number of attacking players capable of playing in more than one position. The likes of Memphis and Anthony Martial will continue to make their own claims for the left wing position - while both can play up top too - so Anderson is capable of filling in around them.

He's pacey, technical and he loves to run with the ball. Sounds like he fits the bill?

His Father Was Involved in the Deaths of Two People


While Anderson is now a star in Italy, back home his father was involved in the deaths of two people in January last year.

Sebastiao Tome Gomes handed himself in to Brazilian police after allegedly chasing a man on a motorbike in his car, before both Gomes and the man on the bike lost control and crashed into a house. The man on the bike is said to have died instantly, while a 61-year-old woman inside the house also lost her life.

Gomes was chasing the man - ​reported to be a love rival - in his Fiat.

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