Sporting Lisbon willing to sign Anderson from Manchester United

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Sporting Lisbon could be about to sign another Manchester United flop, with reports suggesting that the club are willing to take on Anderson.

Portuguese outfit Sporting have already completed one transaction with the Red Devils this week, with versatile defender Marcos Rojo moving to the Premier League in a deal that saw Nani return to Estádio José Alvalade on a one-year loan deal.

Now, according to reports brought to our attention by The Daily Express, the Verde-e-Brancos are willing to pay the money necessary to secure the Brazilian midfielder in a deal believed to be worth in the region of £5.5 million.

Anderson battle?

If this is indeed accurate, then there would appear to be somewhat of a battle brewing for Anderson back in Portugal.

Only yesterday, speculation suggested that FC Porto - the club from whom Manchester United signed the 26-year-old for a fee of £18 million in 2007 - were edging close to sealing a transfer that would see Anderson return on a permanent basis.

Anderson's seven-year stint at Old Trafford has been a dismal failure on an individual level, despite the fact that he has won more than his fair share of silverware during that time.

While much was expected of one of European football's brightest young talents upon his arrival in the Premier League, in truth he has never appeared at all likely to make the grade at Manchester United.

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Despite it having been made painfully apparent that he has no future under Louis van Gaal, for Anderson to return to the less-fancied Primeira Liga at this stage of his career will undoubtedly come as a blow to the player's ambitions.

A long-term move to Serie A looked as if it could be a very real possibility after he joined Fiorentina on loan in January, yet Viola appeared to show limited interest in taking him to Italy on a full-time basis.

Nani links

Sporting could potentially appeal to Anderson despite his previous ties with Porto, not least because it would give him the opportunity to link-up with former teammate Nani once again.

The latter, it could certainly be argued, proved a tad more successful during his own spell at Manchester United, although the fact that the English club are said to be covering his £4.8 million annual wages in full is a clear sign of just how keen Van Gaal was to see him depart.

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