Anderson accepts wage cut to leave Manchester United, but demands still too high

Manchester United's Anderson is reported to have held talks with former club Gremio over a return to Brazil, but his wages are still holding up a potential deal.

While Manchester United misfit Anderson is on record as being open to a return to former club Gremio, his wages continue to pose a serious stumbling block.

According to Brazilian news outlet UOL, the midfielder has agreed to lower his current wage of £55,000-a-week to £35,000-a-week in an effort to meet Gremio's budget, but the team still can’t afford his demands, even with United willing to let him leave on a free transfer.

Signed from Porto in the summer of 2007 for around £20 million, Anderson was hailed as Brazil’s future number 10 upon arriving at Old Trafford but, after being forced into a deeper role under Sir Alex Ferguson, has struggled to fulfil his potential.

With injuries also hampering his progress, the eight-time capped international has made just 10 first-team appearances for the club over the past two seasons, and is expected to be released when his current contract expires next summer.

Having spent the second-half of the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Fiorentina, he was thought to be on the verge of completing a permanent switch to the Serie A outfit in April, but the deal broke down following a failure to agree terms.

Still just 26, he nevertheless has few options available to him in Europe at this point, and admitted this week that a move back to his hometown club is a chance he would not pass up.

"There is always the possibility of returning to Gremio. It's my home, I grew up at the club. I am a fan, everyone knows that," he told Radio Bandeirantes.

"It's possible, as it was in the past. I have been contacted by the club before.

"I want to be closer to my family, to my daughters. There has never been an offer, but I have known the club for a long time. I am not desperate to join Gremio, though, as I respect all Brazilian clubs.

"Gremio have a chance but it doesn't depend on me, it depends on their board. I was close a year ago, before joining Fiorentina. I would accept a reduction in my wages."

Compared to fellow Porto Alegre-native Ronaldinho upon breaking into the Gremio side in 2004, aged just 16, Anderson’s signing would prove a big hit with supporters, and club president-in-waiting Romildo Bolzan Jr has revealed that he is keen to make a deal happen.

"Gremio can't afford expensive wages, we may have to do some work on this subject,” he told Globoesporte. “But if business was within the conditions that Gremio can afford and it adds quality, we will study it."

It remains to be seen how talks will unfold over the coming weeks but, considering the club were forced to restructure their accounts earlier this season after financial troubles, United fans shouldn't hold their breath.

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