Manchester United are ready to offer Anderson to Sporting Lisbon as a part of a deal for Marcos Rojo, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The Red Devils are understood to be closing in on the Argentine World Cup finalist, with Louis van Gaal’s search for a new defender having intensified since Saturday’s loss to Swansea.

Nani was initially set to be used as a makeweight to drive Rojo’s price down, but the Portuguese winger is not yet ready to return to his homeland and is instead holding out for a better offer before the transfer window closes.

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So now United are assessing whether or not Sporting want Anderson, who has been a disaster for the club since his arrival in 2007.

The Brazilian starred for the Lisbon side’s rivals Porto before joining United, earning a reputation as one of European football’s top young players in Portugal.

Sporting may be willing to give him another chance, with the player himself perhaps open to a deal after rejecting a switch back to his home country last week.

Rojo is seen as United’s top defensive target, with the South American able to play at centre-back or on the left side of the backline.

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