Anderson linked with FC Pune City transfer

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Anderson could be set to exit the Premier League in the near future, with speculation suggesting that the Manchester United flop is being targeted for a possible switch to the Indian Super League.

According to the latest speculation from Goal, FC Pune City are searching for an extra midfield option prior to the start of the inaugural ISL campaign and are hoping to complete a deal for either Anderson or former Chelsea favourite Eidur Gudjohnsen.

In the case of the former, the same source further suggests that a loan deal until January is the most likely scenario, although it remains to be seen if Anderson - still only 26 - will be sufficiently tempted to join the ranks of experienced old professionals being recruited to Indian football's newest competition.

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Anderson failure

Having arrived at Manchester United from Primeira Liga giants FC Porto as a highly-rated teenager back in 2007, Anderson has completely and utterly failed to live up to his initial billing at Old Trafford.

Indeed, the Brazilian's stock has fallen so low in the Premier League during recent seasons that supporters seemed genuinely stunned when the transfer deadline passed earlier this month and he had still not been sold.

Whether the lack of a summer departure was due to the fact that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal foresees a prominent role for Anderson under his leadership or if it as purely the result of a lack of interest is unclear, although one would certainly not be surprised if it was the latter.

Anderson had the opportunity to prove himself in Serie A during the second half of the 2013/14 campaign, yet a loan spell with Fiorentina yielded just seven appearances in total - only four of which were starts.

Good opportunity?

Despite being included in Manchester United's 25-man top-flight squad, Anderson clearly has no real future at the club as they enter a new era under Van Gaal.

While a move to the ISL may not appeal for the long-term, a change of surroundings and a short spell in a new, inferior division could provide him with the form and confidence boost necessary to secure a necessary transfer elsewhere in January.

Sitting on the substitutes' bench - if he's lucky - at Manchester United and being restricted to the odd underwhelming cup performance is unlikely to convince potential suitors that he is worth taking a chance on in the future. 

The ISL gets underway in October and will feature the likes of former Arsenal invincibles Robert Pires and Freddie Ljunberg as well as Nicolas Anelka, Marco Materazzi and Alessandro Del Piero.

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