For some time now, Nani has been linked with a move away from Manchester United. It comes as no surprise, given his sporadic glimpses of brilliance interspersed with prolonged periods of mediocrity. But with the January transfer window opening shortly, those reports are ramping up.
At the weekend, reports claimed Juventus were prepared to offer £18million for the Portuguese winger, if and when he proves he has recovered from the hamstring injury currently keeping him out of action.
The Italian champions have been most heavily linked with Nani, especially since Galatasaray seemingly dropped out of the race some time ago.
And now Juventus’s coach Antonio Conte has spoken about the reports, or at least he answered a question…sort of.
In comments reported by Gazzetta dello Sport and reprinted by Sky Sports, Conte is quoted as saying, “Nani? I’m the coach. For these things there are Marotta and Paratici.”
The men to whom he referred are the club’s director Beppe Marotta and sporting director Fabio Paratici, and it is they who either will or will not make the much-touted move for the United man.
Given his failure to live up to his considerable talent in Manchester, it would make sense if Nani parted sooner rather than later, regardless of the new deal he signed back in September.
If David Moyes received the reported fee for the 27-year-old, he would surely be pleased with the outcome, not least considering the emergence of Adnan Januzaj, the return to form of Antonio Valencia and the suggestion (however slim) that Ashley Young may finally be living up to his price-tag.
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