Manchester United are prepared to cancel the contract of Brazilian midfielder Anderson if they are unable to find a buyer in January.
This is according to the Telegraph, who understand that United boss Louis van Gaal has informed the South American that he is free to leave Old Trafford, having failed to impress during pre-season.
Anderson was expected to leave Manchester United at the end of last season, after spending the second half of the 2013-14 campaign on loan with Fiorentina, who rejected the chance to sign the former Brazil international on a permanent contract.
United to pay £1.4m
United are willing to pay the £1.4 million that it would cost to cancel Anderson’s contract in the New Year. The 26-year-old will have six months left to run on his £60,000-a-week contract come January.
Anderson has only made two competitive appearances for Manchester United under Van Gaal, and on both occasions he has flattered to deceive. He played 90 minutes in the Red Devils’ humiliating 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round back in August, and was brought on for the last 20 minutes of August’s 0-0 draw with newly-promoted Burnley four days later.
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He then featured in a reserve team match in September and has been overlooked by Van Gaal ever since.
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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson splashed out a cool £26 million to sign Anderson in the summer of 2007 from FC Porto, where the Brazilian established his reputation as one of the world’s most exciting young talents.
But he has failed to fulfil his potential at Old Trafford - and, unfortunately, will be remembered as one of the worst signings of Ferguson’s 26-year tenure.
Anderson has failed to make more than 20 Premier League appearances in all but one of his seven full seasons at Old Trafford. Last term he made eight appearances in all competitions.
Quite simply, Manchester United are not getting value for money from a player who was bizarrely awarded with a contract extension back in December 2010.
Time is almost up on that four-and-a-half-year deal - and few Manchester United supporters will be sorry to see him leave prematurely in January.