Nani Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Man United Star (Week of November 25)

Phil KeidelContributor IINovember 25, 2013

Nani Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Man United Star (Week of November 25)

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    After months of uncertainty, Nani might finally be leaving Old Trafford.
    After months of uncertainty, Nani might finally be leaving Old Trafford.Alex Livesey/Getty Images

    In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, it's getting late early for Manchester United.

    Through nearly a full third of the Premier League season, the Red Devils are seven points off Arsenal's leading pace and (perhaps more shockingly) languishing in sixth place in the table.

    Alarm bells are ringing throughout the red half of Manchester, which is to be expected after United coughed up two precious points at the death against an overmatched Cardiff City side.

    Per Gabriele Marcotti of ESPNFC.com, United full-back Patrice Evra made his feelings known about United's present form in remarkably blunt fashion: "We didn't show enough of Manchester United the way we played. We didn't deserve more than a draw."

    As though United need any more distractions, Nani's status again seems to be in flux.

    Watch this space for fresh updates all this week as we track the latest rumours surrounding the Portuguese winger with the January transfer window getting ever nearer.

Juventus Now Taking Looking to Lease with an Option to Buy

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    If Juventus cannot have Nani outright, maybe they can borrow him?
    If Juventus cannot have Nani outright, maybe they can borrow him?Martin Rose/Getty Images

    Friday, November 29

    Not to be deterred by Manchester United's reticence to deal Nani outright, Juventus are now looking to at least take Nani for a test drive.

    Per Carlo Garganese and Romeo Agresti of Goal.com:

    The Italian champions are preparing a loan offer for the 27-year-old but Goal understands that the Red Devils are unwilling to let the Portugal international leave on a temporary basis. The Turin outfit are willing to match the player's United salary of £95,000 (€114,000) a week until the end of the season and secure an option to make the transfer permanent in June.

    You have to hand it to Juventus. If they cannot talk United into selling them the player they want, maybe they can at least borrow him for a while.

    Besides, if Juventus can get Nani out of Old Trafford, maybe United will miss him less than United fear they will.

    And then if Nani beds in at Juventus, a deal may be much easier to make down the line than it is now.

Nani Perhaps a "Makeweight" for a Player United Need More Urgently?

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    United may try to leverage Nani's Portuguese connection to land a player they need more.
    United may try to leverage Nani's Portuguese connection to land a player they need more.David Ramos/Getty Images

    Wednesday, November 27

    Not much in the way of unique reports on clubs after Nani to report, but the United winger is still in the news.

    Brian Beard of sportsdirectnews.com reports that United, in desperate need of midfield help (as ever, let's be honest), have their eyes on Sporting Lisbon youngster William Carvalho:

    At just 21 the strong, robust midfielder is exactly what United are lacking at present. Nominally a defensive midfielder Carvalho has a good short and long passing game and unlike most of the current United midfield contingent he is good in the air.

    Wasn't Marouane Fellaini supposed to have a solid passing game and be good in the air? Never mind. 

    How do United intend to convince Carvalho to come to Old Trafford? Perhaps with some assistance from Nani, who "may see his importance grow as United will look to use him for his Portuguese connection" to entice Carvalho.

    Of course there is the small matter of Carvalho's reported £35 million release clause as well as possible competition from Chelsea and Juventus to deal with.

    Left unanswered is whether Nani's possible assistance in courting Carvalho will ingratiate him at United or leave him in flux.

Juventus and Inter Milan Are Reportedly in the Running for a Nani Transfer

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    Might Nani end up in Serie A?
    Might Nani end up in Serie A?Julian Finney/Getty Images

    Monday, November 25

    Ben Jefferson's recent report in the Express links Nani to a possible move to Serie A.

    "Nani has been seldom used this season and it is thought that David Moyes is prepared to let the former Sporting Lisbon player leave in January to make way for new additions," Jefferson observed.

    Both Juventus and Inter Milan had expressed interest in Nani last summer, only to be deterred when the (ultimately false) word of Nani's new contract with Manchester United leaked.

    So it is no surprise that the Serie A powerhouses would be back in on Nani now:

    [R]eports in Italy suggest that as well as Juventus reigniting their interest Inter Milan will also enter the race to sign Nani.

    It is thought that a bid of around £13m would be sufficient for United to part with the Portuguese international.

    Nani stands to benefit if these rivals get into a bidding war.

    As Jefferson noted: "New Inter owner Erick Thohir is looking to make an impact in Milan and...[d]enying a rival like Juventus Nani's services in the process would merely be an added bonus."

Nani Perhaps Not Helping Matters with His Recent Comments

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    Maybe teams are confident at Old Trafford because Nani keeps sitting down on the job.
    Maybe teams are confident at Old Trafford because Nani keeps sitting down on the job.Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    Nani did not do Manchester United—or his manager David Moyes—any favors with some stray observations he recently offered.

    "It looks like teams are more confident when they come here to play against us," said Nani according to Sky Sports.

    Having dug a tablespoon-sized hole for himself, Nani tried to patch it but instead ended up creating a shovel-sized hole with his elaboration on the elan United's opponents are exhibiting at Old Trafford:

    But I'm sure we will change that because, at the moment, we are playing without all our confidence.

    I think once results start coming we will show who the real Manchester United are and will do much better.

    Right. So the problem is not a fluky phenomenon where a rogue result or two embolden future opponents to ride the same luck. No, sir. According to Nani, United lack confidence.

    Even if he is right, Nani might have quit while he was ahead and said nothing.

     

     

A Few Words About How We Got Here

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    United fans might soon be seeing Nani walk away for good.
    United fans might soon be seeing Nani walk away for good.Alex Livesey/Getty Images

    As recently as September of this year, the idea that Nani would leave Manchester United was a non-starter.

    Per a Jamie Sanderson report in Metro, "Luis Nani has put an end to speculation over his future by signing a new long-term contract at Manchester United."

    Sanderson even went so far as to confirm the actual physical act: "And speaking after putting pen to paper, Nani admitted he couldn’t be happier to be staying at Old Trafford. ‘Playing at United has been a fantastic experience for me,’ he said."

    So imagine my surprise when the Nani contract extension turned out to be as real as the dream season in Dallas.

    Ben Jefferson recently shed the necessary light in the Express:

    Juventus tried to sign the Portuguese winger over the summer but withdrew their interest after being told that the 27-year-old was about to sign a new contract at Old Trafford.

    However, it looks increasingly as though United's intent in signing Nani to a new deal was to prevent the player leaving for nothing at the end of the season.

    Dishonesty in professional football? Shocking!