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Is it time for Manchester United to cash in on Anderson?

by Sam Peoples

Rumours have been thrown around concerning Anderson’s future and now they have picked up further pace after fresh quotes have surfaced.

A “source” told Goal.com that Anderson is looking for a move away from Old Trafford in search of first team football in order to try and secure a place in Brazil’s 2014 World Cup squad.

“Anderson is desperate to play for Brazil in 2014 and knows he needs some regular match time,” the source disclosed.

“Sir Alex can’t offer him the first-team football that he wants.”

The midfielder has, like previous seasons gone by, only played a small role at United. A few good opportunities opened up a chance for Anderson to capture a first team spot but unfortunately he has failed to seize those, partly because of injuries and also due to inconsistent form.

Anderson claims that he is happy at Manchester United and was in fine form up until he pulled his hamstring away at Reading in December but the Brazilian has never recovered. A promising performance in the return fixture at Old Trafford this month was the best we had seen from him since but his energy wasn’t fully there.

What remains to be seen is if he leaves, how will he leave Manchester United? According to reports which Anderson strongly denied, Brazilian media outlet Globoesporte reported that Anderson had tried to leave Manchester United many times in the past already.

Brazilian clubs have been linked with Anderson though United’s valuation, reported to be upwards of £10 million, may put any possible suitors off. Though if he doesn’t move to a Brazilian club, Anderson will not be short of possible destinations with Porto a likely suitor according to quite a few reports as well, with Anderson admitting he would like to return to his old club Porto.

He could even be used as a makeweight in a James Rodriguez deal, a player who is currently being heavily linked with United. One of the Italian clubs could also be a destination too with both Milan and Inter linked with him in the past.

One thing that can be concluded is that Anderson is one of the most likely departures from United this summer. He has had six years to try and stamp his mark in the first team but it has never happened. Now may well be the time to recoup some of the £17 million fee paid of the Brazilian all those years ago.

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