Manchester United midfielder Nani is reportedly contemplating a move to Italy’s Serie A, according to The Guardian.
Nani, it is stressed in the article, is not unhappy at Manchester United or with Sir Alex Ferguson, but the possibility of a move to Italy, both from a personal and professional point of view, merely intrigues the former-Sporting Lisbon midfielder.
As Daniel Taylor explains: “His thinking is not based on any serious discontent with his current employers, with Nani relatively settled in Manchester and enjoying his new status as one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s more important players.
But he is coming to the end of his fourth season in England and has started to believe it might be time for a different challenge, if not this summer then almost certainly next.”
United are on course to claim a treble this season, with the English Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League all within reach for the Red Devils.
With this in mind, it is thought that, if Nani were to claim his second European Cup medal at the end of this season, he would see little purpose in staying for a further season.
And so, the move to Italy becomes a real possibility and a real worry for United fans. Nani has scored nine goals this season and is the top assist maker in the League with fifteen in total. The ability to use both feet has been vital for United this season as the Portuguese midfielder has been found on both wings this term – his versatility is something that Ferguson’s side would certainly miss.
There were murmurs last week that Nani was unhappy with the Manchester club, feeling let down after the club failed to comment (and, therefore, defend him), during Ferguson’s media blackout, after that challenge from Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher, although it is unclear as to whether this was a serious problem.
The rumours surrounding Nani’s future have sparked further claims that Manchester United could go in for Aston Villa’s Ashley Young. The English winger is similar to Nani in that he can use both feet and has the ability to put a deadly ball into the box, but news of another important United player (after Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and then, nearly, Wayne Rooney at the start of this season) looking to leave the club will be a huge concern to Red Devils everywhere.
This article originally appeared on sports website Sports Haze, which is now unfortunately defunct.