Everton boss Roberto Martinez has sent scouts to keep tabs on on-loan Manchester United ace Nani, with the winger looking unlikely to have a future at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese midfielder has been in good form since joining former club Sporting Lisbon last summer, and his frequent strikes - including one that went viral earlier this week - have reminded football fans just how good he can be.
Yet he remains an outcast at United, and with Louis van Gaal busy building his side whilst Nani is away, the chances of him returning to a place in the first-team are slim to none.
As such there’s been speculation about just where he might end up, and now, according to the Liverpool Echo, Everton are monitoring the situation with a degree of interest. The Merseyside outlet claims that the Toffees have had representatives watching the 28-year-old, though the reported price-tag of £15 million could yet prove to be a stumbling block.
So far this season Martinez’s project at Goodison Park has stalled, with Everton sitting in 12th place with just 12 games of the Premier League season remaining. Their venture in the Europa League has been successful so far, but even so fans will have expected more on the back of their showing last season, and as a result there’s sure to be an emphasis on improvement at the club come the summer.
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In that respect Nani could be an ideal purchase. Under Sir Alex Ferguson the wide-man produced some brilliant performances and, though they were often belittled by far more outings that highlighted inconsistency in the midfielder’s game, they serve as proof that there is genuine talent present.
Whether or not England has seen the last of it remains to be seen, but so long as there is interest from Premier League clubs, there’s a chance his return to Britain could be fruitful.
Generating the funds
The obvious sticking point is the fee, with Martinez having limited funds available to him. He has the players on his books that could generate funds if they were sold, but the individuals in question - namely the likes of Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley and James McCarthy - are all very important assets, and the club will be wary of losing them, even if they get Nani as a result.
If they can find the necessary finances then United surely won’t stand in their way. Van Gaal has a surplus of attackers on his books at the moment anyway, and offloading Nani, who costs the wage bill a reported £100,000-a-week, will only free up space for him to recruit more suitable options.
United fans, would you like to see Nani sold to another Premier League club? Or does he deserve another chance of the back of recent form?