Manchester United midfielder Nani looks set to be the subject of a £7.3 million from Inter Milan this summer, with the Italians now favourites to sign him ahead of Sporting Lisbon.
The Portuguese winger has spent the last season on loan at Sporting but according to The Independent that’s not where he’ll be transferring permanently.
It’s been made clear that he doesn’t feature in Louis van Gaal’s plans for the future, meaning that his position at Old Trafford is virtually untenable, but it’s Serie A that could be his next port of call.
Having bid farewell to Sporting fans after a fairly impressive season in Portugal Nani will certainly have been vying to fight for a place in Van Gaal’s first-team.
Reports during this term have suggested that Van Gaal had all the players who were away from his club on loan watched on a regular basis, but it appears that the sheer competition for places has seen Nani lose out.
Yet he might well be set to find redemption at the San Siro, with Inter said to be of the opinion that United will consent to selling him if they pay £7.3m. That’s a rather paltry sum all things considered, especially since Nani only signed a new five-year deal with United in 2013, but if Van Gaal’s aim is to get him off the books then he won’t be that fussed.
Getting him out
At the moment the former Sporting man is one of the highest earners at United, taking home in excess of £100,000-a-week despite the fact he hasn’t been a first-team regular since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson. What’s more Van Gaal now has plenty of strength in the final third and if he buys in more talent in the summer it’s difficult to see where Nani fits in.
That said the player himself might be inclined to stay in England, with Arsenal having been linked with him at points in the past.
One look at the decline of Nemanja Vidic’s reputation since his move to Italy last summer can offer plenty with regards to the potential pitfalls of moving abroad, although by the same token Patrice Evra has excelled at Juventus.
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