Anderson is poised to end his disappointing, yet ultimately trophy-laden, spell at Manchester United by returning to his homeland of Brazil.
The midfielder joined the Reds for a fee in the region of £17million in the summer of 2007, and enjoyed an impressive debut season in England during which he helped the Reds win the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League double. He also went on to win another three league titles during his time at Old Trafford, and also lifted the League Cup on two occasions.
But despite the glory associated with winning such a haul of silverware, the truth is Anderson’s time in Manchester has been one of disappointment. The 26-year-old has struggled with form and fitness, and has only made 70 Premier League starts in eight seasons, and he has spent just 25 minutes on the pitch during the current league campaign under new coach Louis van Gaal.
Anderson, formerly of Porto, spent the second half of last season on loan at Fiorentina, and when he returned to his parent club he found Juan Mata wearing his number 8 shirt. And it is the Spaniard who has now revealed the Brazilian is set to join Internacional, writing on his blog: “Also, I want to wish good luck to my friend Anderson, who is back to football in his native Brazil. All the best, my friend.”