Man Utd to sign Nani and Anderson

LONDON Thu May 31, 2007 1:20pm BST

1 of 2. Porto's Anderson Oliveira of Brazil celebrates his goal against Vitoria Setubal during their Portuguese Premier League match at the Dragao stadium in Porto April 6, 2007. Manchester United have agreed to sign playmaker Anderson, the Premier League champions said on Wednesday.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United have agreed to sign Sporting winger Nani and Porto's Brazilian playmaker Anderson, the Premier League champions said on Wednesday.

United announced on their official Web site ( that they had agreed "terms in principle" for both players with Porto and Sporting later confirming the deals.

Sporting said the transfer fee for Nani was 25.5 million euros (17.3 million pounds) and Portuguese media reported that Anderson would cost United a similar amount.

Personal terms have already been sorted out with 20-year-old Portugal left winger Nani, who had also been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, and 19-year-old attacking midfielder Anderson and they will join United subject to a medical.

Nani, whose full name is Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha, has been named in Luiz Felipe Scolari's Portugal squad for Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier in Belgium.

The pacy winger, who has been compared to his international team mate and compatriot, United's Footballer of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored once in five internationals.

Anderson, full name Anderson Luis de Abreu Oliveira, came to prominence when he was chosen as player of the tournament in the 2005 world under-17 championships.

He has been named in Brazil coach Dunga's provisional squad for the Copa America in Venezuela next month but not Friday's prestige international friendly with England at the new Wembley.

Anderson, who can also play on the wing or as a striker, joined Porto from Gremio in December 2005 and faced United in the pre-season Amsterdam Tournament last August.

He helped Porto win the Portuguese title last season ahead of Nani's Sporting who finished a point behind in second place.

(Additional reporting by Carlos Pontes in Lisbon)


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