Arsenal will spend the summer seeking ways to upgrade a squad that finished fourth in the Premier League last season. Manager Arsene Wenger should have no shortage of options, but one he should steer clear from is Nani.
Even though the Manchester United winger possesses plenty of talent, he wouldn't fill an area of need for the Gunners and has lacked consistency since moving to Old Trafford. The transfer funds would be better off spent to upgrade other positions.
Daniel Jones of Metro reported Arsenal were emerging as the front-runners to land Nani, who's struggling to reach a new deal with United:
Manager Arsene Wenger has plenty of money to spend during the off-season and sees the winger as a useful addition to his squad.
The Gunners were linked with a move for Nani during the winter but Sir Alex Ferguson refused to let the unsettled star leave.
Jones also mentions Juventus and Monaco as two other clubs tracking the star's status.
Despite Wenger having an opportunity to spend big during the summer transfer window, he must be wise about the way he attacks the market. He must remain patient if the right options aren't available right away instead of buying extra pieces like Nani.
The 26-year-old Portuguese international has shown flashes of pure brilliance throughout his career. Yet, he's just as likely to go through a stretch of matches where he's virtually invisible on the pitch. And he's coming off a campaign in which he made just 11 league appearances.
Other clubs might benefit from taking a chance on Nani. When in top form, he's a dynamic winger capable of making highlight-reel plays and playing a vital role. But Arsenal already have enough talent on the outside.
Theo Walcott is coming off the breakout campaign Arsenal fans were waiting for and should only continue to get better. Lukas Podolski was at his best when operating on the outside, as was Santi Cazorla, who spent most of his time in the center.
Should Arsenal attempt to land Nani?
So Nani wouldn't have a clear path to playing time if he joined the Gunners. He'd have to fight for a starting spot and, given his inconsistency, would be one cold spell from a place on the bench. It's not an ideal scenario for him or Arsenal.
Nani needs to go to a club where his playing time would be guaranteed. To get the full benefit from him, he must start all the time so his moments of greatness can offset his poor play at times. The Gunners have too many other options for that to happen.
Wenger is best off saving the available funds for other opportunities that may arise over the next few months. It's a long summer, and players who would be better options should be available.
Nani simply isn't an ideal fit for the Gunners.