Nani will not return to Manchester United this season after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward failed to include a recall clause in the deal that took the winger to Sporting Lisbon this past summer.
This has been reported by Goal.com, who have suggested that the Red Devils would only be able to bring the Portuguese ace back to Old Trafford if they paid Sporting compensation.
Nani, of course, joined his former side on a season-long loan switch as part of the deal that took Argentine defender Marcos Rojo to the Theatre of Dreams for £16 million.
It appears, though, that after Nani's fine form this season, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has asked whether a return for the winger would be possible. Ultimately, it now seems extremely unlikely that the 28-year-old will return before the end of the campaign, but it remains to be seen as to whether the Red Devils will try and force a deal with Lisbon.
The same report has, however, suggested that Sporting may be willing to negotiate Nani's deal if they fail for the knockout stages of the Champions League. In fact, as the club go in search of qualification for the next round, they will be looking to secure a positive result on English soil this evening as they take on Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
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Nani, though, may miss the showdown after picking up an injury against Boavista last weekend. The Portuguese ace has a strong record against the Blues, so Jose Mourinho and Co. will be hoping that he sits out of tonight's fixture.
United on the up
Manchester United, meanwhile, will be in great spirits after securing their fifth Premier League victory in a row as they beat Southampton by two goals to one at the St Mary's on Monday night.
The Red Devils will now be gearing up for this Sunday's crunch clash as they play host to rivals Liverpool. Both sides will be desperate to gain all three points this weekend, with United boss Van Gaal hoping that star man Angel di Maria returns from injury.
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