Manchester United winger Nani could be set for a return to his former club, with Sporting Lisbon's president having stated that his club would be 'happy' with a chance of doing a deal for the player.
And while Bruno de Carvalho has confirmed that the Primeira Liga outfit have yet to make an official approach for Nani, he was clearly enthused with the idea of a return for the 27-year-old.
"I am surprised because officially we have made no approach," he told the Portuguese press in an interview that was quoted by Sky Sports.
"Nani is one of ours and he will always be well received here. If there is any chance of doing something then we would be happy."
Portugal international Nani - full name Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha - joined Sporting in 2003 and made 46 appearances for the club before leaving to join Manchester United during the summer of 2007.
Although he arrived in the Premier League amid huge fanfare and excitement about his potential, Nani has proved to be somewhat of a disappointment during his subsequent seven-year stint at Old Trafford.
While he has often shown glimpses of special talent, too often he has frustrated and flattered to deceive with ineffective and inconsistent displays.
Despite being handed a new five-year deal to remain at Manchester United earlier this season, transfer speculation surrounding Nani has been fervent in recent months.
As well as being linked with a potential switch back to his former club, he has also been repeatedly linked with a move to Juventus in recent weeks - with the Serie A champions reportedly keen on a move worth £18 million for the player.
A loan move in this instance would not appear to make too much sense for Nani or Manchester United, yet the player could be keen to boost his World Cup chances.
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