Manchester United have rejected Fenerbahce's first bid for want-away winger Nani as they hold out for nearly double the money offered by the Turkish giants.
According to the Daily Star's chief sports writer Jeremy Cross, the Super Lig outfit's initial enquiry came in at a derisory £3.5 million whereas the Red Devils want at least £6 million for the Portugal international.
Louis van Gaal is keen to get the 28-year-old off his Old Trafford wage bill but that doesn't mean they'll let the player leave on the cheap, so Vitor Pereira will have to significantly up the ante if he wants to secure the player's signature.
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Nani spent the 2014/15 campaign on a season-long loan with Sporting Lisbon back in his homeland. However, their precarious financial situation means they were unable to afford his wages and so couldn't keep him permanently at Estadio Jose Alvalade.
Van Gaal has already informed the attacking midfielder that he's surplus to requirements at the Theatre of Dreams and free to find another club as long as they're willing to meet his valuation.
The Manchester United outcast still has three years remaining on the £110,000-a-week deal he signed in 2013 after former boss David Moyes made the bizarre decision to hand the wide-man a bumper five-year deal soon after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm.
It means that failure to sell Nani could cost the Premier League club over £17 million in wages between now and the summer of 2018 so it's easy to see why Ed Woodward is working tirelessly to reach agreement with Fenerbahce before the close of the transfer window.
With personal terms believed to have already been agreed the only sticking point remains the transfer fee, but the Champions League entrants should certainly be able to afford to pay what is needed to get the player to Istanbul.
If not, then Nani could be forced to face the humiliation of returning to pre-season training with Manchester United even though he knows he has no future at the club whatsoever.
Manchester United fans: Do you think £6m is a fair asking price for Nani? Is Louis van Gaal making a mistake putting him up for sale? Have your say below…
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