Chelsea must battle Arsenal for Nani

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Although he signed a new five-year deal with Manchester United last September, it now seems a matter of time before the Portuguese winger is sold by the Red Devils. Two injury-hit campaigns have left him on the periphery of the United squad and he desperately needs to leave Old Trafford in order to resurrect his career. Arsenal are keen, according to reports, but a surprise move to Chelsea would bring out the best in this under-performing star.

The Portugal international stated in 2011 that he wanted to play under Jose Mourinho when he eventually leaves Manchester United - and there's no better manager in world football to help him on the recovery path. As he'll prove at the World Cup finals in Brazil, a fully fit and confident Nani is an extremely dangerous weapon, capable of producing moments of match-winning brilliance.

In both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns he scored 10 goals and provided a hatful of assists. There's no reason why, at the age of 27, he can't get back to that level. All he needs is a change of scenery. While it's no secret that newly-appointed Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal likes his wingers, the wide-man on everyone's lips at Old Trafford right now - and probably for the next 10 years - is Adnan Januzaj.

The Belgium international looks nailed on to establish himself as United's next superstar and, while he remains a brilliant winger in his own right, there's no chance of Nani overshadowing him.

But a move to Stamford Bridge may be just the tonic Nani requires to rediscover that motivation that has been lacking from his game over the past 24 months. Chelsea have good options on the flanks, but there's certainly room for another classy winger. The likes of Victor Moses and Christian Atsu certainly have talent, but do either of them possess the potential to scale the same heights Nani as in his career?

He might be a much-maligned player but remember: this is a winger who has won four Premier League titles, one League Cup and a Champions League winners' medal. He was also named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year in 2011 - the same year he was named Manchester United's Players' Player of the Season.

Nani is a winner. But in order to make the most of the peak years of his career, he must hope and pray for Mourinho - and not just Arsene Wenger - shows some interest over the forthcoming weeks.

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