Rooney interest a test for any Arsenal Nani hope

Nani

There is a very good reason Arsenal should be keeping a close eye on the Wayne Rooney to Chelsea saga.

That reason isn’t because should that deal fall through, they can go after Rooney, it’s because it could have an impact on any plans they have to go after Manchester United winger Nani.

Nani is not going to be used in any way, shape or form as a replacement for Rooney but it’s the context surrounding Rooney’s possible departure to another Premier League club which has knock on effects for the Gunners.

United have been offered good money for Rooney from Chelsea, rejecting both bids so far so it’s clearly not a case of cash.

If David Moyes and everyone at Old Trafford have already accepted that Rooney will be on his way this summer, their reluctance to do a deal with Chelsea would seemingly relate to their reluctance to sell to another English side.

United are not a club that has made a big habit out of selling key players to sides that can directly hurt them and with Arsenal’s apparent interest in Nani, that is most definitely the case.

Plenty will be said and written about Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier title and other silverware in the new season but United are not stupid enough not to consider the Gunners a threat.

That substantially reduces the chances that they will sell Nani to the Gunners, mirroring the current situation surrounding a possible move to Stamford Bridge for Wayne Rooney.

One of the loudest and biggest things that Sir Alex Ferguson left behind following his retirement is the idea that United will never shoot themselves in the foot with regards to their transfer business and making things needlessly harder for themselves.

There are still plenty of links suggesting Nani could move abroad and that’s an option that United will always look at before they eventually resign themselves to the fact they’ll have to sell to Arsenal.

The best the Gunners can hope for is that any foreign interest, any formal approaches from foreign sides all fall through, creating a situation where Arsenal are the only side left to do business with if United want to get rid of Nani.

That’s not meant to be disrespectful to Arsenal in any way, it’s just the most likely way that the Gunners can sign the winger going on the basis that United aren’t even considering selling him to another English team.

Arsene Wenger will certainly play on Arsenal’s willingness to do that deal for Robin van Persie, which saw the Dutchman move to United but whether that makes any difference in a deal for Nani is questionable.

What do you think? Will United sell to Arsenal?

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