Fenerbahce have reached an agreement with Manchester United for the transfer of Portuguese winger Nani, who will undergo a medical with the Turkish club on Sunday.
The announcement was made on Thursday evening via Fenerbahce’s official Twitter account - and it confirms that Nani will leave Old Trafford this summer, eight years after joining the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon.
Manchester United are expected to receive up to £7 million for the 28-year-old, who made over 200 appearances for the Premier League giants, scoring 40 goals in the process.
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Louis van Gaal will be relieved to finally have the player’s £120,000-a-week wages off the club’s books.
United were still paying Nani’s wages in full last term, despite the fact he spent the entire season on loan at Sporting Lisbon.
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Depay signing spells end for Nani
Nani moved back to his boyhood club for the 2014-15 campaign as part of the deal which saw Argentina international Marcos Rojo move in the opposite direction.
There was speculation that Van Gaal would be prepared to give Nani another chance at Old Trafford next season, following a string of eye-catching performances, but the £31 million signing of Dutch winger Memphis Depay effectively spelled the end for the Portugal international as a Manchester United player.
Nani rediscovered his form and confidence at Sporting last season and Fenerbahce will feel they have pulled off a real coup by luring him to the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.
It was reported last month that Nani will earn £55,000-a-week after tax with the Turkish giants who will be competing in next season’s Champions League campaign providing they advance through the qualifying rounds.
Man United fortunate Nani is leaving
Manchester United can consider themselves fortunate that Nani has agreed to take a wage cut in order to leave Old Trafford.
The winger was inexplicably handed a new five-year contract shortly into David Moyes’ ill-fated reign as Manchester United manager, despite the fact his form had deteriorated rapidly over the previous 18 months.
Due to a combination of poor form and injuries, Nani made just 22 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils during his final two full seasons at Old Trafford.
Nani leaves Manchester United with the best wishes of the club’s supporters, who witnessed him win four Premier League winners’ medals, the League Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and, of course, the Champions League in 2008.
Nani scored one of the penalties in the shoot-out against Chelsea in Moscow, and for that alone he will always hold a special place in the hearts of the club’s fans.
Manchester United fans: are you glad Nani is leaving Old Trafford? Did he deserve another chance next season? Have your say in the comments below!