Manchester United Transfer News: Tom Ince an Excellent Replacement for Nani

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Luis Nani of Manchester United wears a black armband as a tribute to the two policewomen who died on Tuesday in the Greater Manchester area prior to during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Manchester United and Galatasaray at Old Trafford on September 19, 2012 in Manchester, England. WPC's Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone were involved in a fatal shooting as they responded to a routine incident in Hattersley, Manchester on September 18th.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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AC Milan have their sights set on United striker Nani in the January transfer window, according to

While Sir Alex Ferguson will likely have to come down off of his current asking price, he would be wise to work out a deal with the Italian giants, especially if rumors of his pursuit of 20-year-old Englishman Tom Ince are accurate (

Nani has been, to put it kindly, maddening during his time at Old Trafford. His game has been inconsistent, with nobody quite sure what to expect from one match to another. That inconsistency has led Ferguson to starting him in only four contests this season.

Ferguson is said to want £20 million in exchange for the 25-year-old, with reporting that Milan are offering closer to £12 million.

An amount of £8 million is a sizable gap to traverse, but considering that it may only cost Ferguson £5-£7 million to land Ince, it's worth taking less than he wants in order to move on from the Nani era.

While Ince plays for Blackpool in the Champions League against competition inferior to what he'd face in the EPL, what he can add to Manchester's offense cannot be denied.

He's found the back of the net six times in eight games, also proving to be a facilitator for his teammates, adding six assists as well.

Ince is younger and has far more upside than Nani, who has reportedly told Ferguson he wants around £120,000 a week in a new deal, according to the Daily Mirror.

He has deep ties to Old Trafford. His father, Paul, was a ferocious midfielder for United in the early '90s and played a key role in the club's rise to international prominence.

It's obvious that Nani has no future with the club, while Ince could be the future.

It's on Sir Alex to make these moves happen. If taking a step backward, financially, is what it takes to move forward, so be it.