Remarkably, Inter Milan have been linked with a £26m move for Manchester United midfielder Anderson. Inter currently sit 17th in Serie A with only two wins from nine games, but this would be a strange move by the Italian giants.
After taking a while to settle into English football, Anderson did have a couple of promising seasons as he began to start scoring goals, but unfortunately that seems to have dried up of late.
Porto played him as an attacking midfielder just off the main striker, but Alex Ferguson has constantly played him out of position in a more defensive central midfield role.
Maybe a move further up the pitch at the San Siro would do him some good and Anderson’s style of play may well be more suited to the slower, more technical Serie A.
Anderson has started most Premier League games this season so it’s not as if he is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
The slightly unbelievable part is the £26m figure, Ferguson bought the 23-year-old from Porto in 2007 for £20.5m, so it is unlikely four years of mediocrity would add £6m to his price tag.
Ferguson was particularly keen on Wesley Sneijder during the summer, but was unable to complete the move due to the Dutchman’s high wage demands and Inter’s enormous asking price.
So if Inter really are interested, perhaps some sort of swap could be arranged with Anderson and some money going one way and Sneijder in the other.
A £26m deal is unlikely, but it could be an interesting one to keep an eye out for over the January window.