Nani, now 27, has been a bit-part figure in David Moyes' Manchester United side this season, and it has been some time since the Portuguese international has looked like being worth the €25m they paid for him back in 2007. Having arrived from Sporting Lisbon, comparisons were instantly made with international team mate Cristiano Ronaldo, but whilst Nani has shown sporadic examples of his talent, they have been far too inconsistent, leading to much frustration amongst the United fan base.
This season, Nani has featured in just ten games for the Red Devils as teenage starlet Adnan Januzaj has leapfrogged him in the United pecking order, and with a number of teams reportedly interested in resurrecting his career, including Juventus, Fiorentina and Inter Milan, agent Andrea Pastorello has admitted that Nani will leave United at the end of the season in search of regular first team football.
"Nani is a very important player and at this time the only thing I can say is that he is likely to leave Manchester," Pastorello said. "The problem for Fiorentina and the other Italian clubs is the player's salary. Surely we will evaluate all bids. Our relationship with United is great. Fiorentina have to speak with Manchester United about Anderson and maybe it will be an opportunity to talk about Nani too."
As mentioned by Pastorello, United have already had one dealing with Fiorentina this season as they loaned Anderson out to the Serie A side, and having struck up a strong friendship at Old Trafford, Nani could well decide to follow the Brazilian to Florence - if Vincenzo Montella's side can work out the economic aspects of the deal.
After an underwhelming couple of seasons, it's certainly time for United to cut ties with Nani, and with other players clearly ahead of him in Moyes' plans, they could recoup some money that could be spent on the defence this summer, with the club desperately needing reinforcements.