Lazio have been forced to publicly deny claims in the Italian media that an agreement is in place with Manchester United for Brazilian star Felipe Anderson.

A report from La Città di Salerno quoted Lazio’s club president Claudio Lotito saying: “I bought Felipe Anderson for €8m and have sold him for €60m – next year he will go to Manchester United.”

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Despite Michele Spiezia, who wrote the piece, reiterating that Lotito ‘unequivocally‘ confirmed Anderson’s transfer to the Red Devils, Lazio insist the statement is simply not true.

An official club statement read: “In reference to statements attributed to president Claudio Lotito regarding the alleged sale of Felipe Anderson, Lazio can confirm they are devoid of any foundation.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United had scouts in attendance in Braga’s 3-3 draw with Vitoria SC, with The Mirror reporting highly-rated Portuguese winger Rafa Silva was on the agenda.

The 22-year-old has a €20million (approximately £15.5million) release clause, which the Red Devils are contemplating activating.

The Reds face stiff competition from a host of clubs from across Europe, including Porto, Barcelona and Monaco, as well as Premier League rivals West Ham – who are said to be keen admirers of young Silva.