It has been rumoured that Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella is looking to keep Anderson on a permanent basis. The midfielder arrived from Manchester United on a season-long loan deal. Just a few days after his arrival, the Brazilian saw new signing Juan Mata take up his number eight shirt at United.

This has prompted speculation that the days of Anderson at United are numbered. Since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in a £ 18 million deal, Anderson did extremely well during his first few years for the club. He was instrumental in the team that won the Champions League in 2008.

However, a succession of injuries in the last few years have limited the midfielder to making only a handful of appearances. He was never a first-team player in the eyes of David Moyes, who came to the club in the summer. This increased speculation about a permanent move for the first time, but he ended up leaving United only on a temporary basis. After having won over the fans during the last few weeks at Fiorentina, it has been rumoured that the Italian club are looking to keep the midfielder on a permanent basis.

Brazilians and other the South Americans have done extremely well in the Italian league. Anderson may not be the last to shine in Italy. Despite several years at United, he is just 25 years old. He will provide a wealth of experience coupled with several years of football for Fiorentina, who are looking to reach the top levels of Italian football once again. Montella has managed to transform the fortunes of the club since arriving only recently. Even though they look on course to missing out on Champions League football, it will not be long before Montella takes his team back to the pinnacle of European football.