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Manchester United’s Anderson should be open to Porto return

A return to Portugal could suit the Red Devils outcast.

Manchester United midfielder Anderson may have been deemed surplus to requirement by manager David Moyes, but he could well be welcomed back to former club Porto with open arms if the Brazilian decides to depart Old Trafford come January.

The 25-year-old has been told he can leave the Red Devils for as little as £8 million in the next transfer window with the player’s price tag and previous affiliation with the Portuguese giants likely to play a key role in proceedings.

Sir Alex Ferguson purchased the midfielder from Porto €30 million in late May 2007 after the Brazilian impressed in his single season with the club, playing 18 times and scoring twice.

But the 25-year-old has struggled for form and fitness since his arrival in the Premier League and could be the ideal addition to the Portistas squad as a replacement for talismanic midfielder Joao Moutinho, who departed for AS Monaco over the summer.

Porto are no strangers to resigning returning heroes either, with Lucho Gonzalez making a similarly triumphant return to the Estadio do Dragao following a spell in France with Olympique Marseille.

Anderson, meanwhile, will most likely favour a return to his former club and a January transfer window would give the player half a season to impress Brazil manager Luis Felipe Scolari ahead of next summer’s World Cup, which takes place in his home nation.

The 25-year-old has not featured for the Selecao since 2008 but any flickering hopes of reaching the tournament could prove the catalyst in any move away from Old Trafford.

With the Portuguese league also proving less competitive than the English top flight, a change of pace could also suit Anderson, a player who has been dogged with question marks about his fitness over the past few years.

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