Manchester United flop Anderson could be a set to make a surprise move to newly-promoted Burnley, with Louis van Gaal having made it clear that the Brazilian does not feature in his plans moving forward.
Speculation in the Daily Star claims that the United midfielder, who was shipped out on loan to Serie A side Fiorentina last term, could well leave Old Trafford in the coming hours, and that the Turf Moor outfit have emerged as surprise candidates for his signature.
It’s said that due to the financial restraints in place at Burnley, who achieved promotion to the Premier League last season via a second-placed finish, a permanent deal is unlikely, but that doesn’t mean that the idea of the transfer should be scrapped altogether.
Anderson to Burnley?
Having picked up their first point of the campaign, coincidentally against United at the weekend, Sean Dyche’s side are said to be aiming to recruit one or two more players before the summer transfer window closes tonight. Hull City’s George Boyd has already put pen to paper in an agreement worth £3 million, and it’s likely Dyche is vying to add some more top flight experience to his roster.
Though no longer a household name around United Anderson definitely has more pedigree than the vast majority of names at Burnley, and his experience in high-pressure fixtures would definitely give Dyche’s side a helping hand in their bid to beat the drop.
That being said the 26-year-old, for all his potential, has never lived up to his billing at Old Trafford, and Louis van Gaal has taken the same stance as his predecessors when it comes to his status within the United fold. The midfielder was given game-time on Saturday, replacing Di Maria late on during the stalemate against Burnley, but he remains at the bottom of the ladder.
Furthermore the additions of Ander Herrera and the aforementioned Di Maria have further jeopardize his chances of forcing his way into the first-team squad, with the likes of Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher still ready to compete. In short this means that Van Gaal has to get rid of players in order to balance his books, and Anderson is firmly lodged amongst those standing next to the exit door.
If he is to leave then the former Porto star will follow Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa, who have both left the club in the last two days. Hernandez has moved to Real Madrid on a season-long loan, whilst the long suffering Kagawa has returned to Borussia Dortmund to resurrect his career.