Manchester United have put in-form winger Nani on the transfer list and are ready to listen to offers after learning that Sporting Lisbon - the Portugal international’s current loan club - are not prepared to sign him on a permanent deal.
While Sporting are keen to re-sign the 28-year-old after an impressive start to his loan spell, the Portuguese outfit are unable to match the player’s excessive wage demands.
This is according to the Express, who understand that United boss Louis van Gaal sees no place in his squad for Nani following the arrival of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao.
United still paying Nani's wages
Manchester United are still paying Nani’s £120,000-a-week wages after former manager David Moyes surprisingly handed him a new five-year contract in September 2013, which effectively left the club unable to sell him in the summer.
Despite their best efforts, United failed to find a team willing to match the winger’s big wages, and eventually agreed to loan him back to Sporting as part of the deal which saw Argentina international Marcos Rojo move to Old Trafford.
Nani will not return in January
The Red Devils, though, will not be able to cash-in on Nani until next summer. Sporting have made it clear the player will remain with them until the summer and that Manchester United do not have an option to cancel the loan deal early.
Nani has scored six goals in 13 appearances for Sporting this season, three of which have come in the Champions League.
But it seems he may have played his final match for Manchester United, the club he joined in 2007 and went on to make over 220 appearances for.