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Anderson ready to leave Manchester United for Porto return

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Anderson looks set to follow Nani out of Manchester United and back to Portugal, with reports suggesting that the Brazilian midfielder is ready to return to former club Porto.

This is according to The Daily Mirror, who claimed earlier on Friday that Louis van Gaal's squad at Old Trafford was about to be reduced further with Anderson prepared to go back to the Estádio do Dragão in a deal believed to be worth in the region of €7.5 million.

The same source reports that, while Anderson would be free to leave Manchester United anyway next summer upon the expiration of his contract, the club are keen to offload now in order to receive some sort of compensation for his departure.

Financial loss

Such a move would see Manchester United make quite a loss on the player, with Anderson having originally arrived in the Premier League for a fee of £18 million in 2007 during the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Despite being able to proudly boast four Premier League winners medals, a Champions League triumph and two League Cup successes during his time in the North West, in truth the majority of Anderson's stint in English football has been hugely disappointing.

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Anderson struggles

Originally thought - along with Nani - to be one of the rising stars of the Primeira Liga during his first stint at Porto, Anderson visibly struggled to prove himself at Manchester United and saw his influence at the club reduced further with each passing season.

Having made 24 appearances during his first full campaign in the famous red shirt, the 26-year-old was used on just four occasions by David Moyes last year as the club totally failed to adapt successfully to the transition to new management.

With the writing seemingly on the wall as far as his future was concerned, Anderson joined Fiorentina on loan in January.

He spent the final few months of the 2013/14 season at Stadio Artemio Franchi, making seven appearances for Vincenzo Montella's Viola as they secured Europa League qualification following a fourth-place finish in Serie A.

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Double departure

If Anderson's departure is indeed confirmed in the coming days, then it seems rather fitting that he should follow Nani out of the Old Trafford exit door.

The winger - who re-joined Sporting Lisbon on a one-year loan deal earlier this week as part of the agreement that saw versatile Argentine defender Marco Rojo move to Manchester United - also became a hugely frustrating figure to watch in the Premier League, although it could certainly be argued that he made a greater impact than Anderson.

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