Brazilian Anderson has only featured in two games for Manchester United in all competitions this season, 20 minutes in the 0-0 against Burnley in the league, and the 4-0 loss against MK Dons in the League Cup. The limited amount of appearances he has made and the fact he was given permission to leave Old Trafford last summer by manager Louis van Gaal, his contract is unlikely to be extended next summer when it expires.
If the Red Devils want a return on some of the £20m they paid for his services from Porto in 2007, they would have to sell him in January, otherwise they will lose him on a free in the summer.
If he does leave the club in the next transfer window or if he let to leave on a free next summer, here are FIVE clubs he could move to.
A move back to Porto would be an option for Anderson. Whilst they don’t have the calibre and reputation of Manchester United, they still have the aspirations of achieving well in European football. Casemiro is only on loan from Real Madrid at the Portuguese side and is playing well. If they are unable to bring the player in on a permanent transfer, Anderson could be an option.
Rumours have been making their rounds that Anderson could return to one of his previous clubs Gremio. The Brazilian would love to return back to his home country, but the problem is the club might not be able to afford his expensive wages. Anderson said the following when he was linked with the club: “There’s always the possibility of returning to Gremio,” he told Radio Bandeirantes.
“It’s my home and I still support them – everyone knows that. It would allow me to be near my family.”
Another Brazilian club interested in Anderson is Internacional. A move to any Brazilian club would bring Anderson closer to his family, but he wouldn’t be offered the high wages amount given to him by European clubs. The 26 year old said on Inter’s interest: “They called me. Inter has interest on me. I want to go back home, and any club in Brazil to be close to home.”
An overhaul of players could soon be leaving the German side due to their poor performance this season. If they don’t finish in a European spot, the likes of Marcos Reus will probably leave the club, leaving a gap in midfield. Anderson could be an option to fill this void. He could also join before the end of the season to help Die Borussen push towards a top six finish.
A move to QPR would keep Anderson in England but also meet his wage demands as well. Whilst a move to the London side might be unappealing because of the prospect they could be playing Championship football next season, he would receive playing time in one of the top leagues in the world. The R’s midfield could do with a player like Anderson as well to provide opportunities for their strikers to score more goals and win games.