Report: Galatasaray Eye Nani, Sneijder Going the Other Way?

Aaron BowerFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2013

COIMBRA, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 15:  Nani of Portugal celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Portugal and Luxembourg at Estadio Cidade de Coimbra on October 15, 2013 in Coimbra, Portugal.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Manchester United winger Nani is the subject of interest from Turkish side Galatasaray, as boss Roberto Mancini looks to overhaul his squad following his arrival.

The Italian has identified the 26-year-old Portuguese international as a primary target to bolster his squad as they look to make an impact on Europe, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

According to Fotomac Galatasaray will try and sign the 26-year-old as the man to replace Wesley Sneijder as the star of the Turkish side's midfield.

Sneijder has been linked with a January move to Chelsea, with Dutch national team coach Louis Van Gaal encouraging the player to make the move to boost his international prospects.

Amazingly, though, Jefferson writes that the bid to lure Nani away from the Premier League champions could also involve Sneijder moving the other way to Old Trafford.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY- SEPTEMBER 17: Wesley Sneijde of Galatasaray reacts to his teammates during UEFA Champions League Group B match agaist Real Madrid at the Ali Sami Yen Area on September 17, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)
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That would represent the end to a long-running pursuit of the Dutch international from United. They had a bid rejected for the former Inter Milan man in the previous transfer window before he finally completed a protracted move in January to Galatasaray, which Didier Drogba joined a week later.

Since Mancini replaced outgoing boss Fatih Terim, Mancini his highlighted the importance of strengthening his squad with highly skillful players—and Nani would certainly fit that bill. Jefferson claims that squad members are also throwing weight to the importance of bolstering the squad:

Reports suggest that Didier Drogba has been actively campaigning behind the scenes for the club to add more quality players and Nani's name is thought to be one that would appease the Ivorian striker.

If the deal was pulled off, it certainly looks like a transfer that would satisfy both parties.

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