According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United are considering a package worth £25million for Porto winger James Rodriguez, which would see Anderson included as part of the deal.
The talented young Colombian has been drawing comparisons and labelled as ‘the new Cristiano Ronaldo’ in his native continent due to his impressive displays this term. He has also been quoted as saying a move to Old Trafford would be impossible to reject – something that could bode well for United if they make their interest known.
As part of the deal it is thought United would include Anderson as well as a fee to conclude the deal, a move which would see the Brazilian move back to his former employers in Portugal. The midfielder has had an injury plagued career at Old Trafford due to persistent knee problems, something that has limited him to only showing glimpses of his abilities – this season only managing 11 starts.
20-year-old Rodriguez has made a major impact in Portugal since his arrival two years ago from Club Atletico Banfield. This season he has helped Porto regain the Portuguese Liga for a second consecutive year, scoring 12 goals in 24 appearances in the league – form that will encourage United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Colombian would offer something which United lack in their current wide options as he is naturally left footed, he also possesses great skills and has a tireless work rate which has been highly beneficial for his club this term.
With Sir Alex potentially running out of patience with Anderson he could well be exiting Old Trafford in upcoming transfer window, however it is doubtful whether he would be a key in this transfer as swap deals confirmed are rarely completed in today’s game.
Nonetheless a deal outright for Rodriguez could definitely be a starter for United, who hold close ties with ‘super-agent’ Jorge Mendes. The Portuguese mediator has brokered deals for Ronaldo, Nani, Anderson and infamously Bebe in the past for United and he could be involved again to seal Rodriguez’s dream move this summer.
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