Manchester United Transfer News: Now Is the Time to Ditch Nani

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 20, 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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The last time Manchester United sold a Portuguese winger it broke a transfer record. It's safe to say that won't be the case this time around.

It appears that Nani might be following the lead of his compatriot, Cristiano Ronaldo, and leaving Old Trafford.

Although, ESPN reported that Nani's wage demands halted any move that Zenit St. Petersburg would have made in the summer. Arsenal is still an option, but the Daily Mail reports that the winger would rather move to Spain.

Regardless of the final destination, it's clear the writing is on the wall. The current situation has become untenable for both parties. Nani has made only seven appearances in the league and 11 across all competitions.

A hamstring injury has kept him out of action for parts of the season.

This isn't similar to when Wayne Rooney was threatening to move to Manchester City, only to be coaxed back to Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson needs to make the smart move and sell Nani now.

Nani is without a doubt one of the most confounding talents in the Premier League. He has enough ability to be absolutely unplayable. He's also skillful enough with both feet to be more than just a tricky dribbler.

However, even greater than his talent is his inconsistency. Nani can go from looking like a world-class winger one week to utterly useless the next. Quite frankly, the winger isn't worth the constant headaches.

People have been waiting for him to follow through on the promise he's shown in the past. But at 26 years old, if Nani hasn't become that kind of player by now, it's not going to happen. Should it happen, it's not going to be at Old Trafford.

He's never been one to doubt himself, and that shows in the fact that even Zenit think his wage demands are outrageous. That's the club that thought €80 million on the combination of Axel Witsel and Hulk would be smart business.

Somebody will foolishly be willing to match his exorbitant demands.

In addition, his existing contract is up in 2014. The best chance for United to recoup the €25 million it spent on Nani is to sell him now. Waiting will just drop the price clubs will offer because they know Nani will be nearing the end of his contract.

The longer he sits on the bench at Old Trafford, the less and less his value will be. Carlos Tevez only depreciated during his time away from City last year. The same thing could happen with Nani.

Even without him, the club is still atop the Premier League table. Manchester United has become accustomed to life without Nani. It will serve them well when they sell him off.