The 27 year old appears to be heading for the Old Trafford exit door this summer, after being told he has no place in Louis Van Gaal’s 3-4-3 formation. Wenger has apparently been a long time admirer of the Portuguese winger and may finally make a move this summer.
The report suggests the Gunners are ready to launch an offer of £9 million to lure the winger away from Old Trafford, as the former Sporting starlet is believed to be among the 10 players that Van Gaal wants to offload from his roster. Wenger is looking to bolster his squad’s attacking prowess and has earmarked Nani as an ideal candidate.
It further states that United could be holding out for at least £11 million to offload him from their books, given that he signed a new five-year contract last summer. The North London club will face stiff competition for his services, as he has also been linked with a move to Serie A for several months now, with Juventus and AC Milan reportedly determined to seal a deal for the tricky winger.
His ability has never been in doubt, but his consistency has been questioned throughout his career with United. He has always been a threat when taking on his man and unleashing powerful or skillful shots. Nani was considered a long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, but didn’t meet the expectations.
The Gunners have just splashed out £32 million on Chile international Alexis Sanchez, who plays in the same position as Nani, while Theo Walcott is also on the verge of making a comeback from his long-term injury lay-off. His signing is probably the last thing we’re looking for this summer, as Wenger has far greater priorities to sort out.
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We also have the likes of Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gnabry who are also vying for places out wide, so there seems little logic in adding another one. Instead, Wenger should look to give minutes to youngsters like the latter instead of forking out for a player like Nani, whose best days are clearly behind him.
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