Anderson was undergoing a medical at Fiorentina on Friday morning ahead of a proposed loan move from Manchester United for the rest of the season.

The 25-year-old has started only two Premier League games and made two further substitute appearances in the league, having played eight times under David Moyes, with the manager deciding that Anderson can be moved on.

Reflecting on yet another campaign of limited opportunities, earlier this season the Brazilian said: "I am only 25 years old, but I cannot stay one more year and not play. I need to play."

Since signing from Porto in summer 2007 Anderson has managed only 70 league starts, with him being replaced in 51 of these.

Fiorentina announced on their website that Anderson had met with the sporting director, Daniele Pradè, and the technical director, Eduardo Macia.

Anderson, who has spent six-and-a-half seasons with the Premier League champions after joining for a fee of around £27m, has dropped down the pecking order at Old Trafford under Moyes.