The future of Manchester United winger Nani has been the subject of speculation for months. There are still rumours that suggest he has a future at the club but news has broken that the club are looking at Benfica’s Ola John as a possible replacement which may not be the best move.
The 20-year-old has apparently been scouted by United although there is no concrete evidence to suggest that the club will move to sign the player this January. He seems to play in a predominantly attacking role with little emphasis on defence which is not good news for the club as Patrice Evra is not getting any younger or quicker and will need extra cover down the left of the side.
There is even an argument as to whether United would even need to bring in a replacement for Nani because they already have gifted wide players in Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia as well as a number of centrally based players who can play down either side of the team.
Many United fans would prefer to keep Nani at the club especially when he hasn’t confirmed that he is looking to leave or that there has been an approach from another team. Previous reports have suggested that Juventus are interested in signing him but it appears that Nani is ready to fight for his place and a new contract.
There is then the question of the fee involved with the FanIQ source suggesting it will be in the region of £15 million to £20 million, the price that United would more than likely sell Nani for, a more experienced and high quality winger. The higher end of that valuation is what Benfica would push for as John has been a key component of their Champions League push this season.
However, that seems an exceptionally high fee for a 20-year-old with no proven experience apart from two seasons playing full-time in the Eredivisie with FC Twente and a handful of appearances in the Portuguese league. Weigh this up against some of the other players United have been linked with and the cash could be better spent elsewhere; Kevin Strootman from PSV or Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund.
Fergie is into his 26th year as United manager but it’s unlikely he’s lost all sense of logic and reasoning.
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