Manchester United offered Brazilian midfielder Anderson to Sporting Lisbon as part of the deal to sign Argentina international Marcos Rojo. The Red Devils have also offered to include Nani, who could make the temporary move back to his former employers, with Rojo expected to complete his move to Old Trafford.
This latest development comes courtesy of Sky Sports journalist Graeme Bailey, who revealed on Twitter that Manchester United are confident of signing the 24-year-old left-back.
Rojo: United's third major summer signing
Rojo is expected to be unveiled as Manchester United's third major summer signing in the coming days, following the big-money arrivals of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw. The South American, who impressed at the recent World Cup finals in Brazil, will cost United around the £16 million-mark.
Louis van Gaal has two weeks left to reshape his squad and will be even more determined to do so following Saturday's shock 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City.
Watch: Marcos Rojo in action
Van Gaal keen to offload both Nani and Anderson
Nani appeared as a substitute in that match - and looked lively - but does not appear to be in Van Gaal's future plans. The Portugal international - who was recently linked with Arsenal - only signed a five-year contract with the Red Devils last season, however, and United are yet to receive a bid that meets their valuation of the player.
Anderson, meanwhile, was not even named amongst the substitutes on Saturday afternoon. The 26-year-old was expected to complete a permanent move to Fiorentina this summer, following a loan move, but the Italian club pulled the plug on the deal after the South American failed to impress.
Anderson: Manchester United flop
It appears that Anderson has played his final match for Manchester United, despite being assigned the number 28 squad number last week, with Van Gaal keen to offload the under-performing Brazilian as soon as possible.
A loan move to Sporting Lisbon may appeal to the midfielder, who has not been a first-team regular at Old Trafford since his debut season with the club, back in 2007/08.
The midfielder has made 179 appearances for the Red Devils over the last seven years, scoring a disappointing nine goals. He appeared seven times for La Viola in the second half of last season, but struggled to make an impact with the Serie A outfit, and was subsequently told that he would not be handed a permanent deal.
Sir Alex Ferguson revealed in his autobiography that he signed Anderson from FC Porto for £17 million after being informed that the then-attacking midfielder was an even more promising prospect than Wayne Rooney.
But, pound-for-pound, he will be remembered as one of the worst signings of Ferguson's glittering 26-year Old Trafford tenure.
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