Santos are sending Renato Duprat of the Doyen Sports Group to negotiate with Manchester United over a loan deal for Anderson, according to Terra in Brazil.
The 26-year-old can negotiate deals with other clubs as his contract expires in the summer of 2015 and if he were to join Santos on loan, it could be with an eye to a permanent deal on a free transfer next year.
Terra reports that Santos have turned their attention towards Anderson after they found out a move for fellow Brazilian midfielder Diego was now not a possibility.
The major stumbling block for any Anderson move would be his wages as he currently earns approximately $600,000 a month, so he would have to take a major pay cut in order to join Santos.
After a disappointing loan spell at Fiorentina for the second half of last season, Anderson’s already deflated stock in European football spiralled further southwards and Fiorentina refused to sign him up on a permanent deal, meaning he is set to return to United next year unless another club comes in for him.
For both United and Anderson, a return to Brazil would be a smart move. At 26, he has plenty of time to re-kindle his career and it is about time United parted ways with him on a permanent basis, so hopefully Santos will be able to negotiate a deal.