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Coral’s Rumour Reel: Man Utd revive interest in Anderson

| 31.12.2015

Lee Gormley | December 31, 2015

Man Utd aiming at Anderson arrival

Manchester United have been enduring a stuttering spell this current campaign, dropping down the Premier League table and exiting from the Champions League, so a January boost is expected from Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

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The Red Devils take on Swansea City in their upcoming domestic clash and their Dutch boss is reportedly ready to delve into the winter market not long after the action.

United have long been linked with Lazio’s Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson and they could finally get their man next year, as the stuttering Manchester club seek reinforcements this season.

Rodriguez offer being readied?

Anderson’s arrival would undoubtedly bolster Van Gaal’s attacking ranks, a side which has struggled in recent weeks to create openings and grab vital goals, as the Samba star possesses plenty of astute attacking attributes.

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If a move doesn’t materialise, or maybe on top of such a transfer, Man Utd are also linked with a sensational swoop for Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez in the January market.

The Colombian playmaker has surprisingly struggled to hold down a regular starting position under Rafa Benitez at the Bernabeu and is reportedly interested in a move to Old Trafford for a mammoth sum of £59m.

Rodriguez struck 17 goals and made 18 assists for Los Blancos in 44 starts across all competitions last term, but he has managed just eight starts under the new boss this season, which will give United hope of striking a Real deal.

Isco another Galactico going?

As well as potentially losing Rodriguez, Benitez is at risk of seeing another forward star in Isco departing the club, with Manchester City in search of the Spaniard’s signature next year.

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Manuel Pellegrini’s Sky Blues already possess plenty of attacking danger within their squad, with the likes of Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Yaya Toure continuing their fine form, but Isco could take them to another level.

The dynamic Spain international creator would provide City with a great deal of creativity and a link-up with fellow countryman Silva could be a deadly partnership in attack.


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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.