Anderson is set to end what has ultimately been a disappointing, yet trophy-laden, spell at Manchester United by joining Fiorentina on loan.
The Brazilian joined the Reds from Porto in the summer of 2007, in a deal which was worth a reported £17million. At the end of his first season in England he could boast a number of promising displays, as well as the Premier League and UEFA Champions League double, and he looked another shrewd signing by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Anderson also won league titles in 2009, 2011 and 2013, whilst he can also count two League Cups for his time at Old Trafford. Such a haul would suggest a hugely successful spell in Manchester, yet in all honesty, the 25-year-old has been disappointing. Once billed as a worthy successor to Roy Keane in the heart of the midfield, the often-injured South American has frustrated more often than not during his time in England.
Whereas Ferguson continued to give the former Gremio youngster the benefit due to his undoubted talent, it looks as though David Moyes is less patient. The United manager, who succeeded Sir Alex in the summer, has counted upon his number eight just four times in the Premier League this season, of which only two have been starts.
According to reports in Italy, Anderson is currently in Florence, where he is undergoing a medical ahead of a six-month loan deal at the Viola. At the end of this arrangement, providing he has impressed sufficiently, the Serie A side will have the option to make the move permanent for a fee of just £5.4million in the summer window.
Meanwhile, another disappointing 2007 addition for United, Nani could also be on his way out of the Old Trafford this month. Although the Portugal international recently signed a new contract, this was because his previous deal was set to expire in the summer and the Reds didn’t want to lose him for nothing. Moyes is prepared to listen to offers for the winger this month, with Inter Milan, Juventus and Galatasaray all linked.