Manchester United Transfer News: Zenit St. Petersburg Bid for Nani

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22:  Nani of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on April 22, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Manchester United made the biggest headlines of the transfer window thus far with the acquisition of former Arsenal sniper Robin Van Persie, but their wild moves may not be over yet.

With playing time not as easy to come by anymore because of the sheer depth of the club, Man U is drawing interest from clubs about moving some of their more expensive stars that will not be starting.

The biggest name drawing legitimate interest is winger Nani. Zenit St. Petersburg already has intention of making an offer, according to reports.

Zenit coach Luciano Spalletti told the UK Daily Mail about the possibility of snagging a star like Nani from Man U:

"The news about Nani is true. Everything will depend on how much players cost because we won’t pay excessive amounts of money…I’m not talking about an offer to a particular player, but an offer to a club. If the club won’t sell a player, then there’s no thought of making an offer to the player himself."

There is little doubt that Manchester United would be better off with Nani on the field or coming off the bench to add depth, but the young star may want the chance to shine as a key starter for a side.

With eight goals in 29 games, the prospect of having Nani coming off the bench for Man U is an amazing opportunity for the club. The problem will be how well the forward would accept that role or if he would reject it completely.

Zenit St. Petersburg would offer the Nani the chance to be the star of the club and their primary offensive weapon. With an already talented squad, Nani would become one of the premier faces of the Russian Elite League and help keep the St. Petersburg side at the top of the table.

While the thought of becoming one of the biggest stars in a second-tier league is intriguing, the EPL is the best in the sport and some men would rather come off the bench with Man U then be a star for another club.

As much as he is sought after, Nani will remain at Old Trafford for the rest of the season.


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