Manchester United loanee 'is exactly what we wanted'

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Anderson looks set to stay at Fiorentina beyond the end of the current season.

Manchester United have made the biggest transfer of the January transfer window - in the arrival of Juan Mata for £37.1 million.

The club have however been much more active in seeing players out of the exit door.

Larnell Cole and Ryan Tunnicliffe could be off to Fulham, Wilfried Zaha and Fabio have joined Cardiff City - while Anderson has also left the club.

The departing midfielder was upset to leave - but knew it was necessary after seeing his career stall at Old Trafford in recent seasons.

The Brazilian, who reportedly cost United €30 million in 2007, arrived with a reputation as one of the best young midfielders in the world - and the 19-year-old soon progressed into a first-team regular at Old Trafford.

He struggled with serious knee injuries and more problems were picked up after a serious car accident. Whilst out his fitness seemed to go out of the window - and he was often criticised by the United faithful and those less kind pundits for his weight and physical condition.

He never truly overcame his injury trouble at United and this season has been a spare part for a barely functioning machine.

Many a fan is said to see him go - remembering his vital penalty against Chelsea in the Champions League. But the majority were pleased to see him leave in the summer. His battles with his fitness and his clear weight issues were never a help in his poor performances.

In fact many a United fan is not happy that his move is just a loan deal - wanting to see the back of him permanently.

Well, for those United fans, we have good news.

Because Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade has declared he wants the Brazilian to stay beyond the end of the current season:

“We’re starting with a loan deal, but our intention is to stay together for a long time. We were looking for a different type of midfielder. Anderson is great at getting himself into spaces, has a great left foot and is exactly what we wanted.”

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