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Meulensteen's Anzhi negotiating with €15 million Manchester United man

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen is said to be behind a swoop for Nani.

Manchester United boss David Moyes shed some light on the Rene Meulensteen departure at his press conference on Friday, confirming he did offer the Dutchman a chance to stay but the coach felt obliged to move on and let the new manager do things entirely his way.

He has since joined Russian side Anzhi Machachkala, linking up with compatriot Guus Hiddink.

When he left, we ran an article entitled, 'Five Manchester United players Meulensteen should tell Anzhi about' - Now one of our suggestions could be about to become reality.

Russian newspaper Izvestia is reporting that Anzhi are negotiating personal terms with Portuguese winger Nani.

The paper claim that the Russians want to offer Nani an annual salary of €6 million plus bonuses, but the United man is holding out for between €8-9 million per annum.

And this could just be the only thing holding them back, because as the paper report, United's asking price of €15 million is not putting off the Russians.

"Current of club Luis Nani - Manchester United - with a renewed coaching staff led by David Moyes - do not count on the Portuguese midfielder this season and is willing to sell him this summer for approximately 15 million euros.

"These conditions are satisfied with the management of Anzhi. Thus, the transfer of Nani in Makhachkala club depends on the decision of the player."

The paper goes onto claim that Meulensteen could play a 'significant role' in Nani's decision, with the player knowing the coach well from their time at United. 

What is unclear as yet is if the coach referred the winger to Anzhi, as our original article suggested he could.

The deal would be an astute one for United, with the only offer for Nani in at present a £7 million bid from Galatasaray which was rejected by the club. The winger has just one year remaining on his contract and is not thought to be in negotiation to extend his deal.

Nani's international teammates Danny and Bruno Alves are among those to make the switch to Russia in recent years, and while it may be a leftfield prospect for the winger - the ambitious Anzhi are certainly thought to be keen to persuade him.

Many United fans who are keen to see the back of him may see it as Meulensteen's final favour to the club.

Would this be a good deal for United? What do you think?

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