The Brazil international has not progressed as the Old Trafford club had hoped and has now been sounded out as a summer transfer target by the two Milanese giantsEXCLUSIVE
By Wayne Veysey
Inter and AC Milan are ready to battle it out for the signature of Manchester United midfielder Anderson, Goal.com can reveal.
Anderson arrived from Porto in a deal worth €30 million (£25.6m) in 2007 at the same time as Nani but while the winger has gone on to become an important player at Old Trafford, the Brazilian playmaker has not progressed as hoped.
United are prepared to cut their losses by seeking €18.5m (£15m) for the transfer of the 24-year-old, who made just 10 appearances in the Premier League last season.
Contact has already been established with the Italian giants through a third party, with the Rossoneri having identified Anderson as a potential replacement for in-demand midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.
"Anderson has not kicked on as the club hoped," a source told Goal.com "With Inter and AC interested, United would certainly be willing to let him go - for the right price."
Injuries have frequently thwarted Anderson's progress, who has never topped the 24 league appearances he made during his debut campaign under Sir Alex Ferguson. He missed a large portion of the 2009-10 season and the 2010 World Cup after rupturing the cruciate ligament in his left knee.
He last represented his country at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where Brazil Under-23's side secured a bronze medal.