AC Milan are set to make a move for Manchester United outcast Nani, whose future at Old Trafford is in serious doubt. The Portugal international is reportedly keen to leave the Red Devils this summer and has been offered a route out of the club by new Milan boss Filippo Inzaghi.
This is according to Italian publication Tuttosport, who believe Manchester United will consider any offers around the €15 million mark. The Premier League giants have no desire to send the 27-year-old, who has also been strongly linked to Juventus and Arsenal in recent months, out on loan.
AC Milan in battle with Juventus
Serie A champions Juventus were poised to resume talks with Nani’s entourage following Portugal’s elimination from the World Cup finals in Brazil. It was reported that Turkish giants Fenerbahce and La Liga champions Atletico Madrid were also on the trail of the Cape Verde-born ace.
However, Milan - despite a difficult past couple of seasons - remain one of the most iconic names of European football and may have the prestige, and financial clout, to lure Nani to the San Siro this summer.
Ultimately, where Nani ends up playing his football next season will almost certainly depend on which club offers United the biggest cheque.
Nani wants to leave Old Trafford
Nani has just endured the two most frustrating seasons of his professional career, making a total of 22 Premier League appearances from the start of the 2012/13 campaign and scoring one goal. Injuries have not helped the Portuguese, who appears to feel that he needs a fresh start in order to resurrect his career.
A series of poor performances in Brazil was further evidence that Nani is currently low on confidence. But it’s unclear whether United boss Louis van Gaal is prepared to allow the winger to leave Old Trafford. The veteran Dutch coach likes his sides to play with width and reportedly blocked Nani from completing a £10 million transfer to Juventus in May.
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Nani contracted until 2018
That former Manchester United boss David Moyes, somewhat inexplicably, handed Nani a new five-year contract last September means the Red Devils are under no obligation to sell if they want to keep the player.
But fresh reports suggest Van Gaal is keen on bringing £40 million-rated Angel di Maria to Old Trafford from Real Madrid. Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez has also been linked with a move to the Red Devils. This suggests that Van Gaal is planning for life after Nani.
AC Milan: A sinking ship?
Nani may be reluctant to sign for Milan, though, after the Italian giants finished last season eighth in the Serie A table.
However, should Milan retain the services of star striker Mario Balotelli heading into the new season, the Manchester United ace may be more encouraged to become part of Inzaghi’s new-look side.