Nani wants to leave Manchester United

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Manchester United winger Nani wants to leave Old Trafford, with Juventus keen to sign the Portugal international who scored the opening goal against the United States on Sunday night. The 27-year-old signed a five-year contract extension last September but went on to endure another frustrating campaign with the Premier League giants and is now keen to move clubs this summer.

This is according to respected Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, who published a story in the early hours of Monday morning - shortly after Portugal's 2-2 draw with the USA - explaining that Juventus will attempt to resume talks with unsettled Portuguese star's entourage.

However, La Liga champions Atletico Madrid and Turkish giants Fenerbahce are also on the trail of the Cape Verde-born ace who arrived at Old Trafford in 2007, and will provide Juventus with stiff competition for the player's signature.


Quite why Nani wants to depart Manchester United is currently unclear. But it's safe to assume that the last two years have been immensely frustrating for the winger, who has made just 22 Premier League appearances since the beginning of the 2012-13 campaign, scoring one goal.

Barring the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns, Nani has flattered to deceive at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson signed him from Sporting Lisbon in 2007 in the hope that he would develop into another Cristiano Ronaldo. Such huge expectations means Manchester United supporters have never taken to the winger in the same way they did Ronaldo, who left the Red Devils for Real Madrid in 2009.


Recent reports claimed that new United boss Louis van Gaal blocked a £10 million move to take Nani from Old Trafford to the Juventus Stadium this summer, shortly after being appointed as David Moyes' successor. The vastly-experienced Dutch coach, who is currently with the Netherlands national team at the World Cup finals in Brazil, wants to take a closer look at the winger before deciding whether or not to offload him.

Van Gaal likes his sides to play with width, but the remarkable rise to prominence of Belgium international Adnan Januzaj - who is often deployed wide left, the same position as Nani - means first-team opportunities are likely to be limited for the Portugal international.

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If Nani wants to stay in the Premier League - rather than securing a move to Juventus or any other interested overseas club - then Arsenal could be an option.

Manchester United are keen to sign the Gunners' centre-back Thomas Vermaelen this summer - but Arsene Wenger would reportedly prefer a player-swap deal rather than a straight cash offer. As well as Chris Smalling and Tom Cleverley, it's believed the Arsenal boss is a fan of Nani and would accept the winger in exchange for his unsettled club captain.


If Antonio Conte makes it clear to Nani that he wants him to come to Juventus, then there's every chance that a transfer will happen before the summer transfer window closes on September 2.

Nani should be entering the prime years of his career and is almost guaranteed silverware by joining the Turin-based giants. Juventus, under Conte, have won the last three Serie A titles - and the acquisition of Nani will make them favourites to secure a fourth consecutive championship at the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

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