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Benfica make offer for Nani

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Januzaj is already a key player at Manchester United, Nani is not
Januzaj is already a key player at Manchester United, Nani is not.

Manchester United have received three offers for winger Nani from Benfica, Juventus and Inter Milan.

According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, the Portugal international is the subject of three bids with United now mulling them over.

Nani has been out-of-favour at Old Trafford recently, and it's unlikely that Louis Van Gaal will see him as an integral part of his plans. He did not feature regularly towards the end of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign, or under David Moyes.

Portuguese giants Benfica are thought to be interested in the winger, who played for Sporting Lisbon before making the move to Old Trafford in 2007.

He followed the same path as Cristiano Ronaldo, but Nani has not been as successful as his Portugal international captain.

As a result, United may look to move on this summer with a new manager set to come in. Van Gaal is expected to complete a thorough overhaul of the United squad when he takes the reins as United boss following the World Cup.

The report claims Benfica have already entered negotiations with United over a move for Nani, but Inter Milan and Juventus have been long-term admirers of the attacking midfielder.

From United's point of view, if they receive around £10m for Nani they can consider that a decent price. He's too inconsistent to be trusted on a regular basis. And while he's a useful player to have around the squad to change a game as a substitute, it's likely he will want first-team football.

What's more important for United is bringing in new blood. A fresh start is needed, with investment required across a number of positions. Nani's preferred berth is already well stocked - Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young deliver performances similar to Nani while Van Gaal can also use Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa, Adnan Januzaj and Juan Mata in advanced positions, not to mention Wayne Rooney behind Robin Van Persie.

More pressing is the situation in central midfield and central defence - effectively the spine of the team. Strengthen here with one or two big names and United will have a strong side once again.

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