Anderson has agreed to lower his wage demands to complete a move back to Gremio but the Brazilian club still can't afford to sign the Manchester United midfielder.
According to Brazilian news outlet UOL, Anderson has agreed to lower his Manchester United wage of £55,000-a-week to £35,000-a-week in an effort to meet Gremio's wage budget.
But the Brazilian club, who restructured their accounts earlier this year after getting into financial difficulties, cannot afford the wages despite the £20,000-a-week cut on Anderson's part.
Back to Gremio
Anderson came through the youth ranks at Gremio and is eager to move back to the club to kick start his career again after seven disappointing years at Manchester United.
Signed in 2007 for a fee around the £20m mark, Anderson was hailed as one of the next great Brazilian midfielders.
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But it never really clicked at Old Trafford and he's been out of favour in recent seasons - even joining Fiorentina on loan last term as he looked for some first-team football.
Gremio's wage budget is around £396,000-a-week for the entire team, and the club's current highest earner, Argentinian striker Hernan Barcos, is on less than the wage Anderson reportedly wants.
The Brazilian news organisation also reports that it would not sit well with the rest of the Gremio squad should the club offer Anderson a big money deal. Many of the Gremio players had to take pay cuts, or at least restructure their current contracts, as the club went through financial difficulties.
As a result, it may cause considerable friction within the squad should they now decide to bring the Manchester United midfielder in on big wages.