Manchester United Ready To Sell Brazilian Midfielder Anderson

Tottenham and Benfica keen on star.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to cash in on Brazilian midfielder Anderson, with Spurs and Benfica both tracking the player.

The Scot has reportedly grown frustrated at Anderson’s poor injury record and lack of improvement since joining the club in 2007.

United held talks over the summer about offloading the 24-year-old, with Tottenham and Portuguese outfit Benfica thought to be interested.

Ferguson is keen to recoup as much of the £18m United paid Porto for Anderson as possible in order to reinvest in the squad, as he looks to freshen up his central midfield options.

Anderson enjoyed a strong start to his career at Old Trafford but has been blighted by inures in recent seasons and made just 10 Premier League appearances last term.

“He hasn’t really realised his potential, which is there for all to see,” said Ferguson in April. “He is a fantastic footballer. I just hope he doesn’t have the bad luck that Michael Owen has had throughout his career.”

United were interested in signing Fulham’s Moussa Dembele as a replacement for Anderson, but the Belgian joined Tottenham for £15m.

“Fergie has been waiting for Anderson to burst into life but it just doesn’t look like it’s going to happen because he’s not got back on track since his cruciate knee ligament injury in 2010,” a United source told “He’s definitely considered available for the right offer, but a young player on a long contract won’t be sold on the cheap.”

Anderson has a contract until 2015 in Manchester and it is understood that Ferguson will give the player until next summer to prove his worth before looking to sell.

With Darren Fletcher still unfit and Paul Scholes now 37, United are in need of some central midfield reinforcement but did land Japan international Shinji Kagawa this summer.

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