Here’s a rundown of the Portuguese maestro’s current situation, scouting report and just where you might expect to see Nani end up come September.
Contract Situation: Nani’s contract has just over a year left to run and will expire in June 2014.
Career Stops: Sporting Lisbon (2003-07), Manchester United (2007-present)
Current Campaign: Premier League—11 appearances, one goal, three assists; Champions League—four appearances, no goals, one assist; FA Cup—five appearances, one goal, two assists; Capital One Cup—one appearance, one goal.
Scouting Guide: The last two seasons have seen Nani become a less and less prominent component in the Manchester United setup, with the 2012-13 campaign in particular leaving the Portuguese international with just seven league starts to boast of.
With that in mind, the 26-year-old may have a chance of rediscovering past form should a starting spot come his way once more, a style illustrated fantastically by the winger’s fantastic celebration—the death leap.
Although a deep, deep bag of tricks lies in his arsenal, Nani’s overzealous nature can sometimes get the better of him, with decision-making and a trend of selfish behaviour letting him and his teammates down on occasion.
Sources had been linking Nani with a return to his native Portugal in previous months but those rumours appear to have simmered slightly of late.
Instead, the Mirror have suggested that the winger could be used as a makeweight in order to bring Juventus star, Claudio Marchisio, to the Theatre of Dreams.
With Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Wilfried Zaha, Shinji Kagawa, Wayne Rooney and even Danny Welbeck or Javier Hernandez able to play out wide, central reinforcements would certainly appear as more of a priority for United, adding some sense to the proposed deal.
This news comes just several months after the Metro alleged that Nani had told friends of his intentions to leave his current surroundings having become disillusioned with his chances there.