Manchester United are desperate to get Nani off of the club’s books this summer and may offer him a settlement to leave the club, despite the fact that he believes he has a future at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese forward has been impressive since making a loan move back to Sporting Lisbon last summer, prompting talk that he could return to Louis van Gaal’s fold as a first-team asset rather than a fringe player.
On top of that Nani himself appeared so confident that it would be the case that he confirmed the Red Devils wanted him to stay, stating that they knew his value.
United want Nani gone
Yet today the Manchester Evening News disparages that opinion by claiming that Van Gaal is preparing to get rid of Nani at the next available opportunity, ahead of another big-spending spree this summer.
Rumour has it that the Dutchman will be afforded a hearty transfer kitty as he looks to attract some of the world’s top names to his club, and as such there will be no room for those who were afforded bit-part roles in the squads of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes.
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With Darren Fletcher heavily linked with a move to either West Brom or West Ham it’s been made clear that the casualties won’t just be limited to those out of favour with the powers that be, although Nani’s wages of £100,000-a-week - as per the same report - could deter suitors.
With the winger having only put pen to paper on a new five-year deal in September of 2013, there’s no chance of United waiting around for him to whittle down his stay there, which means a payoff to the player could be the only way to get rid of him.
Whether or not it will come to that extreme remains to be seen, with the option of another loan still on the cards. The 28-year-old has enough of a reputation to ensure that certain outfits in Europe will take a gamble on his services, though those same clubs won’t be as ready to take him on a permanent deal.