The talk of the tape at Manchester United at the moment is one of exodus, of a cull, of widespread changes. The defeat at home to Everton seems to be the proverbial straw placed atop the camel - United fans are not pleased and want to see change. It’s almost as if they didn’t thrash Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 in Germany recently.
Essentially the stories seem to suggest that United are ready to cut some deadwood loose and let it drift. The likes of Alex Buttner, Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez have all been mentioned as potentially being on the move.
But perhaps the most likely departure is that of Brazilian midfielder Anderson.
The marauding maestro has not been in great nick for the club recently and injury troubles have plagued his promising career ever since he arrived in Manchester for a fee in the region of £18 million back in 2007.
This season he has featured just three times for the club and David Moyes does not seem to be keen on him - while the arrival of Marouane Fellaini in the summer was perhaps a hint that it was time to seek pastures new.
But getting rid of players is great fun and all but don’t United also need to buy?
One player being linked with a move to United is Cruzeiro star and Brazilian Footballer of the Year Everton Ribeiro.
The playmaker has consistently been linked with the club ever since admitting United was his ‘dream’ destination.
So what about a swap deal?
Returning to Brazil is definitely in vogue for previous continental defectors at the moment with the likes of Andre Santos, Julio Baptista and Ronaldinho all now back playing in Brazil.
So Anderson might also do his career some good by returning to his homeland - and he could do worse than Cruzeiro.
They won the Campeanato Brasileiro this season comfortably and look a very strong outfit - meanwhile they are also targeting the likes of former Manchester City player Elano.
Cruzeiro maintain no offers have been made for Ribeiro, who is valued at £10 million. That seems a good price and if they would knock off a couple of million just by throwing Anderson in as a sweetener - well United should do it.
United get rid of Anderson, sign their transfer target, Cruzeiro get a replacement and Anderson gets first-team football.
Everyone lives happily ever after.
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