Louis van Gaal has blocked the £10m transfer to take Portuguese winger Nani from Manchester United to Juventus this summer, even though the player has already agreed terms with the Italian giants.
Van Gaal, who is expected to be confirmed as Manchester United’s new manager within the next 24 hours, does not want to lose Nani before taking a closer look at him after this summer’s World Cup finals, according to the Mirror.
The 62-year-old current head coach of the Netherlands national team is expected to arrive at Old Trafford as soon as the Oranje are eliminated from the showpiece international tournament in Brazil, which gets underway on June 12.
Nani has endured a hugely frustrating injury-hit campaign with the Red Devils, having made a disappointing 13 appearances all season. However, the 27-year-old is contracted to the reigning Premier League champions until 2018 after putting pen-to-paper on a surprise five-year deal last September.
Van Gaal likes to play with width, hence his admiration for wingers, and is determined to retain the services of one of United’s most talented wide-men. Nani has struggled for form and injuries over the last two seasons, but Van Gaal will be hoping the Portugal international can return to Old Trafford after the World Cup with a new lease of life and a spring in his step.
Whether Nani had his heart set on the £10m move to Juventus, however, is currently unclear. But his teammate, Anderson, revealed earlier this year that Nani is one of several Manchester United players who “want out”.
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