This morning’s papers were filled with claims that Anderson was one of the players David Moyes was hoping to offload this transfer window.

He will be pleased to hear then that Fiorentina’s sporting director, Daniele Prade, has confirmed the club’s interest in signing Ando.

Having only started two games this season, it is clear that he is not wanted or needed by the club, but it has been reported the Brazilian would be loaned out, with a view to a permanent deal.

“Anderson is a player who Fiorentina likes and is following, but this certainly applies to many other players,” said Prade.