A Champions League winner and four-time Premier League champion during his time at Old Trafford, it appears that Anderson’s time at Manchester United is fast coming to an end.
Reports surfacing this week suggest the Red Devils are weighing up the possibility of paying up the Brazilian’s contract and allowing him to leave the club on a free transfer in January – so where next for the 26-year-old?
Here are three possible destinations.
While some may scoff at the idea of the Portuguese giants moving for the midfielder, the fact is that Porto have something approaching form in this respect.
Porto brought former fan favourite Ricardo Quaresma back to the team last January, despite the fact that the winger had been without a club since May of the previous year, following his release from Dubai club Al Ahli.
With Anderson previously starring as a youngster at Estadio do Dragao, it’s not inconceivable that they could move to bring him back to where it all began.
Another option could see Anderson follow the route taken by the likes of Ronaldinho and Deco in recent years by ditching any lingering European ambitions in favour of a return to Brazil.
Gremio, the team where he started his career, would be the logical choice, while the influx of cash in the Brazilian game means the club could be more than capable of matching any potentially tempting offers elsewhere.
The club finished second in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A last season and with Luis Felipe Scolari as their manager, Anderson could enjoy a second wind of sorts in his homeland – either that or he could follow the path taken by fallen Brazil star Adriano...
Laugh if you will, but Burnley were linked with a move for the Manchester United man prior to the close of the summer transfer window and for our money there are far worse shouts should the Red Devils decide enough is enough with the midfielder.
With Sean Dyche’s team struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table, Anderson could be the kind of signing to give the entire squad a boost – provided the player approaches the challenge with more gusto than he has shown in recent times.
The move would also allow Anderson to stay in Manchester, due to Burnley’s relative proximity, while a short-term deal could allow the 29-year-old to showcase his talents ahead of a move to bigger and better things - though much depends on the star himself.