Manchester United will reportedly try and find a buyer for Portuguese winger Nani in the summer, despite what the player stated over the weekend. The 28-year-old is currently on loan with former club Sporting Clube de Portugal, which was part of the deal which saw Argentinian central defender Marcos Rojo sign for the Old Trafford club in a £16 million deal. Nani is on a weekly wage of around £100,000 and signed a new five-year contract in the summer of 2013, meaning he still has three-and-a-half years remaining on that deal. United are currently paying his wages whilst the player is on loan on a free of charge basis.
The Manchester Evening News report that the Old Trafford club will actively look for a buyer for the Portuguese winger, but they also suggest the players wage would put potential clubs off, which could mean that United will either loan the player out, paying a proportion on his wages, of they will be stuck with the player. Sporting currently cannot afford the player, so that rules out a return to his former club, for now at least. Nan has made 15 appearances this season, scoring three goals, which is not really putting himself in the shop window for prospective buyers. In the past both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have been interested in securing Nani, but I am sure neither club will be interested in the player right now.
Nani spoke to the media at the weekend and stated that he knew the Old Trafford club wanted him back, which kind of contradicts these reports which suggest Louis van Gaal does not feature the player in his future plans. The fact he was loaned out in the summer also suggests that, as if the Dutchman thought he was a player he could utilise in the future, surely he would have been testing him out in his side this season. Nan said:
“The club know my value and I know they want me to stay.
“It was me who made the choice to leave the club and it was a good decision by me because I knew if I stayed one more season at Old Trafford, it would be very hard for me.
“I just need someone to believe in me, trust me and my qualities, and give me an opportunity to show them on the pitch.
“It’s an experience I wanted a lot and needed as well because the last two seasons at Manchester United I had so many injuries and I was very upset with a lot of things that happened to me.
“I was missing my family and friends and I wanted something new.
“The only opportunity I had to be happy, and Manchester United to be happy as well, was this one.”
There looks to be a number of players leaving the Theatre of Dreams this summer with Darren Fletcher tipped to leave the club this week, and the future of Anders Lindegaard does not look good after the arrival of Víctor Valdés three weeks ago. Anderson is a player whose contract expires in the summer, the same for Tom Cleverley. Wilfried Zaha has been linked with a permanent move to Crystal Palace, which could happen this week and Nick Powell is also expected to leave the club, hopefully on loan as I do feel that lad has bags of talent, but he seems to have stepped sideways, rather than forwards over the last year or so. Louis van Gaal does seem to be putting his hold on the Old Trafford club, hopefully for the better.