Italian broadcaster Sky Italia reports that the Rossoneri have made the 27-year-old one of their targets, after their pursuit of Torino winger and Italy international Alessio Cerci has stalled due to Torino’s refusal to sell the former Fiorentina man, whose performances last season earned him plenty of admirers.
The report suggest Nani could be available for around €8m – £6.5m – a fee unlikely to discourage Milan, but the Portuguese’s £90,000-a-week salary, however, could represent something of a stumbling block for the seven-time European Cup winners, who have implemented strict austerity measures over the last couple of seasons, with the Silvio Berlusconi’s free-spending era well and truly over.
Nani’s inconsistency and petulant attitude have long been cause of complaints for United fans, with the Portuguese failing to live up to his potential since arriving at Old Trafford and, perhaps even more worryingly, struggling to kick on from the outstanding performances he delivered during the 2010-11 season.
Having signed a five-year deal last summer, one of countless David Moyes’ masterstrokes, Nani went on to make a mere 13 appearances in all competitions, registering a single goal and looking his usual inconsistent self. His advocates claim that he might benefit from Van Gaal’s arrival, but after failing to shine at the World Cup – where, admittedly, he got on the scoresheet as Portugal drew with USA – Nani’s United career could be coming to an end.
With Alex Buttner and Federico Macheda gone and Bebe’s transfer to Benfica imminent, United look to be making good progress in shifting out some of the deadwood they desperately need to clear ahead of next season.