Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Adding Nani Would Be Worthwhile Risk for Club

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18:  Nani of Manchester United celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Manchester United and Reading at Old Trafford on February 18, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Arsenal are set to be very active in the transfer market this summer. In order to truly improve, however, it is necessary to take some risks.

One risky move that the club is considering is the acquisition of Nani from Manchester United. According to Daniel Jones of Metro Sport:

Arsenal are increasingly confident of wrapping up the signing of Manchester United winger Luis Nani. The Portuguese star looks set to leave Old Trafford this summer after the Premier League champions refused to bow to his pay demands during talks over a new contract.

Juventus and Monaco are other possible destinations for Nani, but it is Arsenal who are now the front-runners to land the former Sporting Lisbon attacker.

The report also states that United want £8.5 million for the player, which is well within Arsene Wenger's price range. 

When Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge, he stated that he wanted to keep Nani with the club, via Metro Sport, although it appears that the new administration is set to sell the talented player.

Ferguson likely saw what many others have seen throughout the years. Nani has shown plenty of brilliance in his play, although his lack of consistency has hurt his ability to truly be a star in the English Premier League.

Last season, the winger struggled to get onto the pitch for the league champs and only started seven matches. However, the year before that he finished with eight goals and 10 assists. At only 26 years old, there is plenty of reason to believe he is capable of putting together a strong performance like that again.

As Arsenal continues to put more talent around him, the offensive player can continue to create opportunities for himself and others as the squad tries to contend for a league title.

However, the relatively low price tag and the fact that he only has one year remaining on his contract creates a low level of risk in this transaction. If he does not play to expectations, he can remain on the bench without hurting the club.

Arsenal have a number of quality targets that they are trying to bring in this summer. David Hytner of the Guardian reports that the club is ready to spend a lot of money on Gonzalo Higuain, while the Guardian's Scott Murray states that it is "in pole position to sign Marouane Fellaini."

If either of these transfers are completed, the squad will immediately have one of the best front lines in the entire EPL. At that point, adding Nani would be nothing more than a luxury.

The Portuguese star could come in as a substitute and utilize his quickness to succeed. If he ends up doing well, there would be a place for him in the starting lineup next year and possibly in the future.

Nani could end up being great for Arsenal or he could end up being a bust. Either way, it is worth the risk to find out. 


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