Manchester United open to Nani offers

The Portuguese winger is frustrated by his lack of playing time under David Moyes after signing a contract extension at Old Trafford over the summer.
Manchester United is willing to listen to offers for Nanidespite the Portuguese winger signing a new contract with the club last summer.

David Moyes was instrumental in persuading the 27-year-old to sign a new 96,000-euros-a-week contract at Old Trafford, but is now open to bids for the former Sporting Lisbon star.

The Portugal international has started just four Premier League games this season, however, and has not featured since the defeat against Newcastle in early December, after which he suffered a hamstring injury in training that Moyes revealed would “keep him out for a while.”

Goal UK understands the player feels he has been harshly treated by his new manager and, prior to his latest fitness setback, had grown concerned at a lack of playing time, particularly in a World Cup year.

A source told Goal: “The player is aggrieved at how the situation has developed. The new manager convinced him to sign a new deal which he agreed to, even though he was forced to settle for 48,000 euros a week less than he was asking for.

“Nani could’ve accepted a far more lucrative offer from abroad in the summer but opted to knuckle down and fight for his place at Old Trafford. His attitude has been spot on in training and he feels aggrieved that he’s not been rewarded with first team opportunities.”

With his old contract due to enter its final year this summer, Manchester United had been quoting interested parties as little as 9.7 million euros for a player who had fallen out of favor with Sir Alex Ferguson, but is now asking for around double that following Nani’s decision to pen a five-year extension only four months ago.

Juventus has shown concrete interest in the former Sporting Lisbon star, but Goal understands the runaway Serie A leaders are unwilling to match the player’s salary demands.

Moyes is determined to reinforce his squad this month in hopes of assembling a side capable of maintaining a credible challenge for a top four spot in the Premier League. The Scot sent a delegation to Madrid earlier this month in an attempt to thrash out a deal for Atletico starlet Koke and has stepped up his interest in Benfica center back Ezequiel Garay.