Nani has held secret talks with Sporting Lisbon over a potential shock agreement that will see him return to Manchester United six months earlier than expected, reports the Daily Star.
The Portugal international has been on loan with his former club since August and the current agreement states that he will remain there until the end of the current season. However, Louis van Gaal is reportedly keen to bring Nani back to Old Trafford in the January transfer window.
Having played a starring role for Sporting Lisbon thus far, the Portuguese outfit are understandably reluctant to agree such a deal. They are not even having to pay Nani's £120,000-a-week wages, as the Red Devils agreed to cover them as part of the deal that saw Marcos Rojo move to Old Trafford.
Is Nani ready to quit?
It appears that Nani is keen on a move too despite publically stating that he is fully focused on doing his best for Sporting this season.
He is quoted by ESPN as saying: I am very happy how it is going at Sporting. That is what I wanted. I wanted to play more. I wanted to get back to my best and I wanted to enjoy my football.
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"That is what is happening. It is going well. It has turned out very good for me. It has made me very confident again for the future. Yes I had to get away from United to achieve this."
Nani has so far scored six goals in 13 appearances since swapping the Premier League for the Primeira Liga and Van Gaal saw bringing him back as an opportunity to help alleviate the current injury crisis.
However, the same report in the Daily Star also claims that Sporting Lisbon officials rejected the idea of cancelling the loan deal in the January transfer window.
Despite Nani's good form, Sporting still find themselves in a disappoint 10th position as they struggle to cope with the demands of being back in the Champions League. Nani is seen as a key part of the plan to drag them back up the table.