Manchester United’s Luis Nani has been the subject of intense speculation regarding his future at the Old Trafford club these past months.
Manchester United possess some of the most talented group of wingers in the Premier League that includes the likes of Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Ryan Giggs and new signing Wilfried Zaha.
Although vastly talented, United’s left-wing seems to be the area that needs attention with Ashley Young and Nani both failing to make an impact in that position. Ryan Giggs, despite his age, has continued to play down the left hand side but considering Giggs is reaching the end of his career United would surely look for a left winger at the end of this season.
Nani, while being highly unpredictable does possess an immense amount of talent as he has shown on countless occasions.
However, his ability to continuously deliver inconsistent performances day and day out have made even the most ardent of Manchester United fans doubt his capability to become the eventual successor to Cristiano Ronaldo.
With the likes of Antonio Valencia relegating Nani’s Manchester United career to part-time appearances and the newly signed Wilfried Zaha about the take the stage at Old Trafford time for this highly talented winger seems to be running out.
If Nani is eventually sold to another club we look at his potential replacements:
1) James Rodriguez
The most likely candidate of all with United scouts reportedly looking at every aspect of his it is the Porto man that could most likely be the answer to United’s winger problem. A player plus cash deal involving Nani has been proposed to bring the 24-year-old winger to Old Trafford.
2) Gareth Bale
The Welsh wing wizard would no doubt fit the bill at Old Trafford but his current club Tottenham would be unlikely to do business unless there was an astronomical fee involved. United may be priced out of a deal for the Welsh wizard.
3) Angel di Maria
The Madrid winger would also be a suitable replacement for Nani possessing both pace and the trickery required to breeze past defenders Angel di Maria looks like another strong candidate.
4) Hatem Ben Arfa
The Newcastle winger is another player with the potential to replace Nani at Old Trafford but his injury problems may scupper any potential deal in the future.
5) Alexis Sanchez
The Barcelona winger has had a less than painless time breaking into the Barcelona team packed with superstars. The winger has recently been touted as another winger linked with Manchester United.
The likelihood of this transfer depends upon the willingness of Barcelona to do business with United and the clubs matching each other’s valuation of the player.
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