Manchester United midfielder Anderson is set to finally depart Old Trafford, having found himself tumble down the pecking order to the point where he hardly even features as a fringe player, but he wants £45,000-a-week to do so.
Anderson back to Brazil
According to the Daily Express the Brazilian midfielder is looking likely to return to his home nation, with South American giants Internacional to spent the nominal fee of £2.5 million in capturing his signature.
With his current deal in Manchester up in the summer it makes sense for the Red Devils to cash in on him, and there will be few complaints from the stands when he does eventually depart.
Despite having arrived to a fanfare of expectation when Sir Alex Ferguson purchased him from Porto along with Nani in 2007, Anderson has never realised his potential, and to many it’s a wonder he’s managed to remain on the books this long.
Yet when Sir Alex retired any hope of the 26-year-old had of salvaging a career at Old Trafford went downhill, and he was quickly pushed out to the periphery by David Moyes. Following Louis van Gaal’s appointment it’s been much of the same, and with the Dutchman tasked with overseeing a complete squad overhaul there’s now little room for passengers.
Issues with a move
Nevertheless Anderson still has his own conditions for making a move this month, and it’s far from at the stage where the assumption that he’ll leave is safe. It’s said in the report from the Express that he’s looking for £45,000-a-week to make the move to Inter, and given that he’s on a cushy wage at United that figure doesn’t look like having too much room for manoeuvre.
For Inter it’s not the end of the world if they can’t snap him up this month, as they’ll have to chance to do so in the summer for free. That scenario doesn’t read nearly so well for United, who will be hoping to make at least some return from his signature, though there’s a host of others who they’ll be able to turn to if fundraising becomes an unforeseen issue.