Manchester United misfit Anderson is on the verge of joining Italian club Fiorentina to herald the start of a big clearout by David Moyes at Old Trafford. The United manager wants to get rid of up to a dozen of his first-team squad before the start of next season and under-performing wingers Nani and Wilfried Zaha are set to follow Anderson out of the club in January. Nani is due to go out on loan to Sporting Lisbon in his native Portugal once he has recovered from injury and Zaha is looking forward to a stint at Cardiff City under former United great Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Alex Buttner, Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez, Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia and Anders Lindegaard are due to leave in the summer and Moyes, who saw his side end a three-game losing streak with last night’s 2-0 win over Swansea, will also have big decisions to make about star strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. Anderson, 25, has been a major disappointment since being signed by Sir Alex Ferguson for £17million in 2007. There have been jibes about the Brazil midfielder’s weight and conditioning this season; Moyes has not used the midfielder in the Premier League since he played in the home defeat against Newcastle United on December 7. Fiorentina, who have also been linked with a summer move for United club captain Vidic, will not reveal how much they will pay for Anderson but it is unlikely to be more than half the fee United forked out for him.
United boss to show Anderson, Nani and Zaha the January exit door
Daily Mail | Jan 12