Manchester United will not sell Nani for less than £10 million according to reports, with the Portugal international believed to be wanted by several Italian giants.
Serie A heavyweights Inter Milan are believed to be keen on the Portugal international, according to the Daily Star, while latterly, AS Roma have also joined the race, and may look to compete with their domestic rivals for the 28-year-old’s signature [Mirror].
Should the two heavyweights go head-to-head for the player, it may be the Giallorossi who win out, due to their ability to offer Nani a route back into the Champions League next season.
However, as reported by the Daily Star, United will not be willing to part with the wideman for less than £10 million, and it remains to be seen whether either of the pair will opt for the midfielder at this price.
Since arriving at Old Trafford last summer, van Gaal has made little secret of the fact that he does not believe that the Cape Verde-born star has a place in his squad.
Nani was loaned back to Portugal—and to his former club Sporting Lisbon—last season, where he managed seven goals in 27 appearances in the Liga Sagres. He also impressed in the Champions League, bagging four goals and two assists in five appearances, while enjoyed two outings during the Lions’ brief Europa League run.
His form back in Portugal has prompted interest from Sporting’s domestic rivals Benfica, who have also been linked with the midfielder this summer, and has been considered as a potential makeweight in the deal to bring Nicolas Gaitan from Lisbon to Manchester [via TMW].
However, the Daily Mail believe that the player’s £100,000-per-week wage demands represent a stumbling block for both of his Italian suitors, and it is debatable whether either Serie A side—as well as Benfica—would be willing to even come close to matching this fee.
Nani, who arrived at Old Trafford in 2006, is under contract at the club until 2018. Since moving to the Premier League, he has won the English title four times, as well as the Champions League in 2008.