Report: Fiorentina send back Anderson and Diakité

It appears that Fiorentina have chosen not to sign Manchester United man Anderson or Sunderland's Modibo Diakité on a permanent basis.

Fiorentina turned to the Premier League for reinforcements in January, signing Manchester United forgotten man Anderson and Sunderland defender Modibo Diakité, but neither player seems to have done enough to stay on.

The Viola enjoyed an impressive season in Serie A under highly rated coach Vincenzo Montella, but the squad lacked a little strength in depth.

In a bid to remedy this, Montella added Anderson and Diakité in January. Diakité was a known entity having played for Lazio for seven seasons and there were high hopes for Anderson despite his peripheral role at Manchester United.

Diakité's spell at the Stadio Artemio Franchi was respectable and the towering centre-back saw some game time, re-acclimatising to the demands of Serie A fairly effectively.

The Frenchman never seemed to settle at Sunderland since joining last summer and the loan in Tuscany appeared to be a good opportunity to win the chance to return to Italy.

But according to Sportmediaset reporter Niccolò Ceccarini, Diakité will return to Sunderland despite having been tipped by various media outlets to earn a permanent deal.

It is possible that Diakité's return could be temporary to give Fiorentina time to assess their transfer policy for the summer and the Gigliati could come back for him later.

As for Anderson, his injury-hit stay in Florence has been completely underwhelming and there was almost no chance of him staying.

The 26-year-old had a lot to prove having been discarded by Man United, but he hardly broke into the first team at all, failing to start a game and was limited to a few substitute appearances.

It seems inevitable that Anderson will be sent back to Old Trafford despite having stated his desire to earn a permanent stay with Fiorentina and thanked fans for their 'wonderful company' in an emotional statement.

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