AC Milan want to sign Nani this summer

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AC Milan appear keen to sign Nani, with reports suggesting that the club have lodged an enquiry with Manchester United over a possible transfer for the Portuguese international.

This information comes courtesy of reports from Italy cited by The Daily Star, which suggest that Milan are not content to match £6.5 million-rated Nani's current extravagant £90,000-per-week wages but are instead hoping that he could be convinced to lower those demands and move to the San Siro with the potential for regular starts - something that he has not been receiving at Old Trafford -  in Serie A. 

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The Rossoneri - who are in desperate need of new recruits to ensure that they do not endure a repeat of a turgid and hugely disappointing 2013/14 season - may not be the only potential Italian destination for Nani, however, with conflicting rumours suggesting that the 27-year-old could still be used as a possible makeweight in Manchester United's pursuit of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal.

The exact status of that aforementioned saga has been subject to a wealth of confusing and hugely contrasting speculation this week, with last night's resignation of Juve manager Antonio Conte sparking a new wave of gossip.

Juventus have been know to hold an interest in signing Nani in the past, and this is certainly not the first time that his name has cropped up in association with a possible player-plus-cash deal involving Vidal.

It is as of yet unclear if such an inclusion would satisfy the Serie A champions, who so far appear to have demonstrated a keen and steely resolve to retain the services of one of their most-prized assets.

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Van Gaal decisions

As is always the case when a new manager arrives, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal - due to be officially unveiled to the media and start work at Carrington today - must carefully consider and evaluate the merits of each and every player in his current squad before pressing ahead with further transfer activity.

However, there is certainly no doubt that there are a number of previously frustrating 'fringe' players at the club who must now be facing uncertain futures in the North West with the Dutchman clearly eager to bolster his squad sufficiently for a return to Premier League title contention.

Although Nani - who scored for Portugal during their poor recent World Cup campaign in Brazil - has shown real glimpses of quality since arriving at Manchester United from Primeira Liga runners-up Sporting Lisbon back in 2007, ultimately such demonstrations of his ability have been all too fleeting in recent years and it seems questionable that Van Gaal will deem him consistent enough for a place in his new-look Red Devils side.

Rivals Arsenal have been linked with Nani in the past, although a switch to the Emirates Stadium seems even more unlikely now that the Gunners have completed the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona.

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