Anderson turned down Brazil return over pay fears

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Manchester United outcast Anderson has turned down the chance to leave Old Trafford and return to Brazil - because he was worried he wouldn't be paid on time.

The Brazilian midfielder has reportedly been told that he is surplus to requirements by new boss Louis van Gaal, and is now looking for a new club. 


He spent last season on loan with Fiorentina, who passed up on the option to sign him permanently, and now he is attracting interest from his home country. According to Fox Sports Brasil, Flamengo made an approach to Manchester United over the 26-year-old who was offered a monthly wage of £450,000 to move to Rio. 

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However it is being reported that Anderson has turned down that offer because he was concerned that Flamengo would be able to pay his wages on time. Fox Sports Brasil report that the club have had problems paying their players this year and are yet to pay their players this month.


Manchester United have also offered the former Gremio man to Santos and Atlético Mineiro. The former have turned down the chance to sign him having already landed Robinho, while Mineiro have put an offer to Anderson worth £350,000-per-month.

The midfielder has never lived up to his potential at Old Trafford since he joined the club in 2007 for a reported fee of over €30 million, and has scored just five Premier League goals in seven seasons. 

Not wanted

He is one of just seven players to have been told they are no longer wanted at Manchester United, along with the likes of Nani, Wilfried Zaha, Marouane Fellaini and Rafael. Van Gaal is planning a major overhaul of his squad but is running out of time to do so, with less than three weeks of the transfer window remaining.

He is keen on adding numbers to his defensive unit, and appears to be closing in on a deal for Daley Blind of Ajax. Mehdi Benatia has also been suggested as a possible target although a deal seems unlikely.


Further forward, the former Barcelona coach is also after wingers and could make a big-money bid for Angel di Maria, while Juan Cuadrado has also been suggested as a possible target.

Arturo Vidal reportedly remains Manchester United's primary target, and they could launch a road for the Juventus man soon.

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