Manchester United: AC Milan Reportedly Hunting Nani's Signature

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Nani warms up during the Manchester United training session at Carrington Training Ground on September 18, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Another day, another potential transfer for Nani.

Reports suggest AC MIlan are interested in securing the winger's services with a cut-price deal (via

The Italian giants are rumoured to be considering a £12 million move for the former Sporting Lisbon player.

Manchester United will quickly squash such an offer and are unlikely to enter talks for anything less than £20 million.

Nani appears to be edging his way towards the Old Trafford door.

Speculation across the summer linked him with a move towards Juventus or Zenit St Petersburg, although both clubs eventually ended their pursuit.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport suggest Nani's agent is trying to secure a summer move away from Sir Alex Ferguson's side (via talkSPORT).

The move wouldn't come as a surprise. Nani has suffered a poor start to United's domestic and European exploits this season.

He has made four starts and one substitute appearance in the current Premier League campaign. Sir Alex Ferguson dropped the winger after a poor opening day display against Evertonan occurrence that has summed up his current form rather well. 

Nani helped United to a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory against Southampton. He came off the bench to impact the game alongside fellow substitutes Paul Scholes and Javier Hernandez.

Such performances have been hard to come by.

Nani started the Champions League opener against Galatasaray. He stepped up to take a vital penalty after Rafael was felled in the opposition's area. His effort was easily saved by Fernando Muslera.

Although Sir Alex took responsibility for the missed opportunity, Nani's blushes weren't spared (via ESPN).

The player's conduct has also created headlines away from the pitch.

Sir Alex's patience with Nani seems to have waned after an alleged training incident. Reports suggest the 25-year-old punched reserve team midfielder Davide Petrucci (via The Daily Mail).

These incidents highlight an individual who is quickly losing focus at United.

Nani hasn't appeared comfortable since his place in the starting 11 came under pressure. The acquisition of Ashley Young and emergence of Antonio Valencia has forced Sir Alex to rethink the Portuguese player's role.

It seems he has lost the desire to work hard for the team. His recent statistics haven't provided much for United fans to get excited about.

Nani has averaged 1.2 successful dribbles per game across five Premier League appearances. He has been dispossessed an average of 2.6 times.

The winger has also struggled defensively. He currently averages 0.6 tackles and 0.4 interceptions per match.

In other words, Nani has been a passenger since the season began.

I believe it's time for the Portuguese international to move on.

He has already threatened to run down his contract (via The Daily Mirror). It is looking unlikely that Sir Alex will extend his stay further than 2014.

United must cash in soon if this is the case.

£12 million is not enough for a player of Nani's potential. Considering the ludicrous January transfer market, he shouldn't leave the club for anything less than the £20 million United value him at.

It is likely many other European clubs will express an interest before the next transfer window.

Can Nani rescue his United career before it's too late?

All statistics in this article are courtesy of Whoscored.


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