Manchester United should use Nani as bait to land £20m target

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Reports in Italy suggest Juventus and AC Milan will go head to head in the summer to sign Manchester United's out of favour winger Nani. 

The Portuguese international has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford due to the arrival of transfer record signing Juan Mata at the club and emergence of Adnan Januzaj. 

Nani, who signed a new five-year deal earlier this season, is thought to be surplus to requirements at the Premier League champions and is likely to be shipped out of Old Trafford at the end of the season. 

Manchester United boss David Moyes may have chosen to hand Nani a new long-term deal in order to obtain a larger sum for the former Sporting Lisbon star in the summer. 

However Moyes should use Nani as a bargaining tool to land a top-class central midfielder at the end of the season rather than just asking for straight cash for the 27-year-old. 

Juventus boss Antonio Conte has an array of midfielders at his disposal with the likes of Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal usually given the nod to start in the Serie A giants' engine room. 

That has often left Claudio Marchisio having to settle for a place on Juventus' substitutes bench, which a player who is in their peak will not be happy about. 

Marchisio is an established international who will want to play week-in, week-out and he is not currently being afforded the opportunity to do that. 

Moyes tried to sign the £20m-rated 28-year-old in January, however Marchisio wanted to stay at the Old Lady until the end of the season as he did not want to risk missing out on a place in Italy's squad for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. 

However Marchisio is likely to be much more open to seal a move away from the Juventus Stadium at the end of the season when he has already solidified his place in the Italy squad.

Marchisio would be ensured of a regular spot in Manchester United's midfield and a change of scenery could work wonders for the Juventus man. 

Manchester United's chances of signing Marchisio's Juventus teammates Vidal and Pogba are slim - but the Italian could be the man to fill the void left by the legendary Paul Scholes.

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