Manchester United could be set to use Brazilian flop Anderson as a makeweight in a potential deal to sign Eliaquim Mangala, reports suggest.
25-year-old Anderson has utterly failed to impose himself under both Sir Alex Ferguson and new Red Devils boss David Moyes since moving to the Premier League champions from Portuguese outfit FC Porto in May 2007.
Despite numerous opportunities to establish himself in the heart of midfield, the Brazil international - who has eight senior international caps to his name - has never looked truly capable of becoming a first-team stalwart at Old Trafford and earlier this week it was claimed that Moyes was prepared to offload Anderson for around £8 million.
According to reports in the Daily Star on Friday, however, Moyes could ensure that United will get slightly more value out of their high-profile flop by including him in a possible deal to send him back to his former club in exchange for defender Mangala.
22-year-old Frenchman Mangala, who has been linked with United along with Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea in recent months, is one of Europe's hottest defensive properties and is reportedly valued at £30 million.
Such a deal - if indeed it were to come to fruition - would appear to be a win-win situation for United, with Moyes seemingly able to finally rid the club of such a cumbersome burden as well as effectively shoring up his ailing backline which has been exposed to devastating effect in recent months.