Manchester United will waive their right to a transfer fee in order to let Anderson leave for nothing in January.
The Brazilian arrived at Old Trafford back in 2007 for a fee of around £20 million, with a reputation as one of the most promising youngsters coming from South America. However it never worked out for the 26-year-old, who has made just five appearances for the Red Devils over the past two seasons.
He spent last season on loan with Fiorentina, and although the Serie A side were keen on making the move permanent couldn't match his high-wages and so he returned to Old Trafford. Anderson, who has made one substitute appearance for Manchester United against Burnley this term, is out of contract at the end of the season and could leave for free then - however the Red Devils are willing to take drastic action in order to get him off the books.
According to the Daily Mail they will tear up his contract and allow him to walk away for nothing in January even though they are entitled to a transfer fee. That has reportedly alerted his former club Gremio, who are keen on taking him back to Brazil.
Although Manchester United could have hoped to recoup perhaps a few million pounds of his transfer fee in January, they will save on his £60,000-per-week wages by letting him leave Old Trafford six months early.
- Manchester United receive transfer boost in race for Reus
- Red Devils lead race for Bilbao defender
- Ronaldo the reason that Manchester United couldn't sign superstar
Anderson was bought to Old Trafford by Sir Alex Ferguson who had high hopes for the talented youngster, but he failed to deliver on his promise. Injuries and accusations about his weight hampered his progress, and it seems as though with Louis van Gaal in charge his time is finally up.
Manchester United have plenty of midfield and attacking options without Anderson having splashed the cash over the summer on the likes of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao.
So far they've struggled to find consistency in the Premier League and are seventh after 11 games with a showdown against Arsenal to come.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms