Manchester United must cash in on the French revolution

Nani

Following reports that Monaco are interested in signing Nani, is it time for United to cash in on not one but two of their players?

The free-spending taking place in France right now could, at first glance, frustrate rather than please Manchester United fans. Not least because Monaco’s latest round of cheque-writing has seen the arrival of Radamel Falcao, the Colombian previously linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Just days after the signing of his countryman James Rodriguez – the former FC Porto winger long-linked with United – it would be no surprise if Red Devils’ fans are sick of the mention of Monaco with the close-season barely begun.

And yet reports today suggest Claudio Ranieri could now be turning his attention to the Premier League, with a £20million move for United’s Portuguese winger Nani.

Had the story involved any other club, the suggested fee would have been quickly dismissed. But the fact that it is Monaco means they may just be willing to pay it. After all, they have already parted with a reported £110million for just three arrivals.

Nani’s future has been uncertain for some time, and of all United’s players it is he and Anderson who are most likely to leave this summer. At least they were under Ferguson. Whether David Moyes thinks differently remains to be seen.

But whatever the incoming manager feels about the gifted but all-too-infuriating 26-year-old, an offer of that size is surely too good to refuse; for a player nearing the end of his contract and one who has never kicked on from a sparkling 2010.

With Monaco in such a generous mood, Moyes should take the money in a heartbeat.

With an unproven but hugely promising replacement in Wilfried Zaha, and with Antonio Valencia starting to regain the form that made him one of the league’s best wingers, the simple fact is United don’t need Nani. But they could do with £20million.

And then there is the case of Wayne Rooney, and the continuing reports linking him with a move to French champions PSG. Apparently they have told him to name his price. Apparently Rooney wants to leave United. Apparently Moyes isn’t so sure.

Like so much post-transfer-window football news, all we have is speculation. And yet, again United should do business.

The days of Rooney saying he wants to leave only to be appeased by a bigger pay cheque are long gone. The club has moved on.

And with the additional £40-£50million they could generate as two French sides scrap for supremacy, United could offer Borussia Dortmund a figure for Robert Lewandowski that would be difficult to turn down; and bag Kevin Strootman with the rest.

Monaco’s money-men have made a lot of phone calls in the last seven days. And PSG are sure to follow.

The next time the Old Trafford phone rings and they are greeted with a “bonjour” the Premier League champions would do well to listen.

Do you agree that it is time for United to cash in on Nani and Rooney?

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