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Nani booing is music to Juve's ears

Reports suggest Juventus are planning to renew their interest in Manchester United's Nani using the player's poor relationship with the fans as leverage.

Juventus are expected to seek reinforcements in January and Manchester United's Nani could be back on their radar as the Portuguese international's popularity at Old Trafford continues to decline.

The Bianconeri are lacking a world-class wide man and were known to be keeping an eye on Nani in the summer with some reports even suggesting an £11m bid had been tabled before he signed a contract renewal with Manchester United.

It appeared that the extension had ended Juve's interest in the out-of-favour 26-year-old, but reports from Italian website Tuttomercatoweb suggest that a deal could be back on the cards.

Nani was jeered throughout the first half of Manchester United's nervy 3-2 win over Stoke City and was booed off the pitch when he was replaced with Adnan Januzaj, who many see as his long-term successor at Old Trafford.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, the boos directed at Nani will encourage Juventus director general Beppe Marotta to prepare an audacious bid in January, hoping to benefit from the player's current plight to get him at a reasonable price.

If Nani continues to be berated by the fans he may find his position untenable and be forced to look for a fresh start. United are unlikely to keep him against his will and appear to have able replacements.

There have also been suggestions in Italy that Juve may turn their attentions to the more economical option of a loan move for Wilfried Zaha after United indicated that they would be responsive to an approach.

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