Reports at the weekend claimed Manchester United winger Nani was set for a summer switch to Juventus, and yet the Mirror now claims Louis van Gaal has blocked the move as he sees the Portuguese international as part of his plans.
The current Holland coach is yet to be officially announced as United’s next permanent manager, and yet the suggestion is it is only a matter of time.
But if the latest story is true – that van Gaal has put Nani’s reported £10million move on hold as he is keen on the winger – there is a simple question to ask: Why?
The 27-year-old has talent in abundance; there is no question about that. And yet it has rarely been seen at Old Trafford since his move from Sporting Lisbon back in 2007.
There was a time four years ago when the wide-man finally appeared to be living up to the reputation that followed him to United. Outstanding showings against Arsenal and Manchester City among others had United fans purring.
Gone was the show-pony, replaced by a winger with devastating drive, who scored, created and ran at defences, looking like another Cristiano Ronaldo in the making. But that glimpse was all too brief, and since then Nani has flattered to deceive, to such an extent that few United fans would be too sad to see him go this summer.
He was reportedly close to the exit last year, only for David Moyes to reportedly want a closer look at him; and it appears the same could be happening again.
But something drastic has to happen for Nani to be the player van Gaal may want him to be. At 27, he should now be at the peak of his powers, but currently he is anything but.