Having seen his name associated with Anzhi Makhachkala (h/t ESPN FC), big-spending newly-promoted French side Monaco (h/t ESPN FC) and now Paris Saint-Germain according to The Sun, an exit from Old Trafford appears likely.
Links with Les Monegasques appear the most credible given the strong Portuguese-speaking contingent forming at the Stade Louis II, not to mention the influence of Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes who is also Nani’s agent.
With Mendes currently seeking a big money move for another one of his clients in Zenit Saint Petersburg’s Hulk, despite premature reports that the Brazilian has already signed for Monaco according to Metro, a move to the Principality outfit makes sense.
However, Nani is obviously not considered good enough for United anymore.
So why is he necessarily good enough for PSG and Monaco?
Is it because both of those clubs have money?
That should no longer the only qualifying factor when taking PSG and Monaco’s interest into account.
Both clubs may have more disposable income than the majority of their domestic and European rivals, but that does not necessarily mean that they cannot have the same high taste in quality as the likes of Manchester United.
Saying that a player who is no longer good enough for David Moyes’ side is good enough for PSG and Monaco just because they have money and play in Ligue 1, a competition not yet considered to be on a par with the Premier League, is no longer automatically true.
The pair now boast the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Falcao (h/t the Daily Mail), Edinson Cavani, James Rodriguez, Lucas Moura (h/t ESPN FC) and Joao Moutinho, some of those stars were signed from under United’s nose.
Nani is a good player, a proven international who has been of good value to the Red Devils since his arrival in 2007.
His struggles with injury over the last year should also not be overlooked.
But if Alex Ferguson, one the soundest judges of talent in recent history, no longer regarded Nani as a key player then it must be for good reason.
There is no room for him at present in PSG’s vast array of stars, the same way that there is no space for Wayne Rooney either after reports linked him with Laurent Blanc’s side (h/t ESPN FC).
All across the midfield, the capital club have talents such as Javier Pastore, Blaise Matuidi, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Jeremy Menez as well as Moura.
The Portuguese international does not offer any obvious improvement on those players, particularly out wide where Moura, Lavezzi and Pastore operate regularly.
Nani won’t be able to operate centrally because of the presence of Marco Verratti, Thiago Motta and the returned Adrien Rabiot alongside Matuidi.
The fact that PSG have not created an obvious number 10 role for Pastore, a player who is proving very difficult for the French champions to integrate fully into the team, suggests that little would be done to accommodate the 26-year-old from Cape Verde.
So he’d have to play out wide.
With Ibrahimovic and Cavani playing up top together, the need for speed on the flanks to offset a relative lack of pace between the attacking pair will be provided by Lavezzi and Moura.
Simply put, Nani doesn’t fit at PSG in a playing capacity, and whether he is even a big enough name to command a place in that team is now also debatable.
Even then it was arguably already dwindling.
As for Monaco, they are in greater need of star names than PSG at present but even so, they still have enough high calibre gems to meet their objectives and attract plenty of attention.
With the likes of Falcao, Rodriguez, Moutinho and Toulalan having arrived, and a greater emphasis on promoting brilliant young talents like Lucas Ocampos and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco than PSG at present, ASM already have plenty of options in that area already.
Nani might fit in at the Stade Louis II in theory, but the Principality outfit have no pressing need to splash out the sort of sum and salary required to land the Portuguese when they don’t even have Champions League football to offer yet.
The philosophy that Les Monegasques are trying to preach is that they can reach their goals with a better blend of top proven talent and exciting potential stars than domestic rivals PSG.
To stay in tune with that, a player in decline like Nani, and Rooney in PSG’s case, just do not hold the same appeal that they would have done last season and the year before.
Is Nani good enough for PSG or Monaco?
It is not so much a question of him not being good enough, but he just does not fit either side’s profile anymore.
From PSG’s point of view the Portuguese is not good enough given the quality of talent already on offer at the Parc des Princes.
But from Monaco’s, there is a greater temptation to not be lured into attracting a declining talent based on name alone.
With all due respect to the player and Manchester United, PSG and Monaco’s ambitions are now far greater than the likes of Nani.