Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal may be forced to hand Nani a place in his squad next season if the club fail to move him on this summer.
This has been reported by the Telegraph, who claim that the Red Devils hierarchy are hoping to sell the Portuguese winger in the upcoming window, but face a difficult task because of his current huge wages at Old Trafford.
Nani, who joined Sporting Lisbon on a season-long loan deal at the start of the campaign, is currently sitting on an incredible £110,000-a-week at United after being handed a new five-year deal under the David Moyes regime.
It appears, then, that despite Red Devils chief Van Gaal having made it clear that he doesn't want Nani in his squad for the 2015/16 campaign, he may have no choice if the club are unable to find a buyer.
In fact, the same report goes on to reveal that United aren't interested in handing the wide-man another loan deal, so it remains to be seen as to whether anyone will take a gamble on the player.
One thing's for sure, as stated in the Telegraph, Sporting don't have the funds to keep Nani at the club on a permanent basis, meaning the player's long term future in the game is far from certain.
Nani even recently admitted that it would be hard to stay at Sporting, as he told A Bola: “The fans asked me to stay, but we all know it’s hard.
"I am very happy to have spent a year at Sporting, but I have a contract with Manchester United and my ambitions are different this time.”
United, of course, even without Nani, already have a number of options out-wide, with the likes of Angel di Maria, Adnan Januzaj, Antonio Valencia, Juan Mata, Ashley Young and Co. all plying their trade at the club.
And, with Dutch ace Memphis Depay set to arrive at the club sooner rather than later, Nani will only fall further down the pecking order at the club under Van Gaal.
Sensible decision needed
Ultimately, it may well prove extremely hard for United to move Nani on because of his astronomical wages, but it would be in the player's best interest to seek the Old Trafford exit gates.
At the end of the day, it's all well and good taking home a huge wage packet, but a player of Nani's ability needs to be playing week in, week out, and he's not going to find that in Manchester.
United will no doubt be happy to move him on in a cut price deal, so Nani must make a crucial decision as he doesn't want to be sitting around at this point in his career.
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