Juventus have agreed terms for the transfer of Nani from Manchester United, according to a report in Italian paper Tuttosport.
The Portuguese winger has endured a miserable time at Old Trafford this year, with injuries and inconsistency blighting his time under David Moyes whilst his performance in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Sunderland was the subject of much criticism and anger amongst the United faithful on social networking sites.
He signed a five-year contract under Moyes just last summer, but Juventus and fellow Italian giants Inter Milan have been linked with him for well over a year and the Old Lady have finally got their man if the report is to be believed.
The details of the deal are yet to be disclosed, but it is expected he will take a pay cut in order to end his nightmare stay in England and accept a deal worth €4million a year.
He had initially starred under Ferguson, proving a lynchpin of the side that won the title in 2011, but has never been able to shrug off the challenge of emulating countryman and club icon Cristiano Ronaldo.
His time at the club has had its moments. He scored a crucial penalty in Moscow during the 2008 Champions League final where United beat Chelsea – whilst there were dazzling performances against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Bayern Munich as well.
He will leave a serial winner, having won every trophy possible but the FA Cup which has evaded the Champions ever since they last raised it in 2004.
The move may be funded by the sale of former United player Paul Pogba, who despite an array of powerful performances could be deemed surplus to requirements if a big money offer comes in.
Real Madrid, Manchester City and even United themselves have been all been linked to the in-demand Frenchman.
Pogba’s sale could also signal a move for City strike Edin Dzeko, but prizing the Bosnian away from the Etihad given his key role in the Citizens’ title surge could prove difficult. He has scored 24 times this season, including the winner in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Everton.
It remains to be seen whether Nani can recapture the form of old in Turin having looked a shadow of the player of yesteryear for so long.
However there can be no denying that if Antonio Conte can get the Portuguese back to his best, a fourth title and possible tussle for the Champions League could be on its way.
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