Manchester United Transfer News: Anderson Sale Will Create Room for New Signing

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2014

READING, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Anderson of Manchester United celebrates scoring a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Reading and Manchester United at Madejski Stadium on December 1, 2012 in Reading, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Fiorentina's interest in Manchester United misfit Anderson is good news for David Moyes and his struggling Red Devils outfit.

As reported by Sky Sport Italia, via Simone Bargellini and Nadia Carminati of Sky Sports, Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade has confirmed the club's interest in landing United's Brazilian midfielder:

Anderson is a player who Fiorentina likes and is following, but this certainly applies to many other players.

If the right opportunity comes, we will seize the moment. But it is useless to talk about an individual name as we have many targets, and many of these have not come out.

READING, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Anderson of Manchester United in action against Hal Robson-Kanu of Reading during the Barclays Premier League match between Reading and Manchester United at Madejski Stadium on December 1, 2012 in Reading, England.  (Photo
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While a transfer is still being approached cautiously by the Viola, Anderson's potential move away from Old Trafford would free up a vital space in Moyes' squad.

The Scottish manager has been forced to start Tom Cleverley, who continues to lack the necessary defensive qualities, throughout the season.

Marouane Fellaini has also appeared incapable since his £27.5 million summer move, and as United continue to toil in seventh place, Michael Carrick is the only central midfield player who has quality to make a consistent difference.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Anderson of Manchester United battles with Mohamed Diame of West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on November 28, 2012 in Manchester, Engl
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Anderson, despite his best efforts at getting fit, has made just two starts and three substitute appearances across the Premier League and the Champions League this season, per WhoScored.

He is yet to play over 68 minutes in one match, and for the most part, he has been deployed to make up the numbers.

This is not what should be expected of the 25-year-old, who arrived amid high expectations in July 2007. While clubs should stick by players who have fitness problems, Anderson's inability to string a run of games together has seen him become a maligned character at the club.

His departure, combined with the signing of a new midfield star, would push each of United's disappointing midfielders down one rung.

At the top of Moyes' list should be a versatile, battling talent who can thrust the club toward victory with energy and willingness to participate all over the pitch.

Someone of Ilkay Gundogan's ilk.

Gundogan has been linked to the club in a £24 million switch from Borussia Dortmund, per David McDonnell of Mirror Football, and he would considerably galvanise a below-par selection of central players.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Gr
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United have also been linked with Juventus' Claudio Marchisio, according to However, his naturally attacking attributes fail to make him a viable option as a disciplined central midfield acquisition.

As noted by Paolo Bandini of The Guardian, it would also be rather embarrassing if Moyes picks up a player who Paul Pogbathe midfield star that Sir Alex Ferguson allowed to leave Old Traffordhas pushed out of his current team.

More suited to addressing United's needs is Arturo Vidal, Marchisio's Bianconeri teammate, but Moyes is unlikely to lure the Chilean star away from a recently signed contract and his leading role in the Old Lady's lineup.

Saul Niguez, Rayo Vallecano's 19-year-old defensive midfield prospect, could also provide extra strength with his hard-working ability. Phil Neville was said to be scouting the youngster on Jan. 12, per Richard Martin of The Telegraph, but it is optimistic to suggest Niguez could make a significant impact on this season.

Whoever Moyes decides is worth bringing in must have the capacity to influence games immediately, while also giving the manager a solid midfield base to build the future around. It is safe to say, after years of trying, Anderson is not that man.

As we head toward the halfway stage of this season's January transfer window, the lack of concrete details is sure to begin frustrating United fans, who are crying out for a new midfield destroyer to worship.

While Anderson's time appears to be up, Moyes needs to sign a player of world-class quality to ensure the rest of his midfielders know they won't make it into the team simply by default.