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Arsenal hoping for ‘favour’ in Manchester United deal

The first punters are starting to arrive in the Football Transfer Tavern this morning and the first rumour has circled around early with The Mirror reporting that Arsenal are still hoping to pull off a deal for Manchester United’s out of favour winger Nani this January transfer window.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is hoping Sir Alex Ferguson will do his side a ‘favour’ after the Red Devils’ much publicised summer capture of Robin van Persie and 26-year-old winger Nani would represent a flair player, with plenty of experience and a ready-made member to slot into Arsenal’s forward ranks.

With underwhelming Ivorian Gervinho set to compete in African Cup of Nations duty and Andrey Arshavin linked with a move away to Reading, Nani would represent a good replacement and if Theo Walcott pens his new deal, it could indeed be a winter of content for the Gunners faithful.

Arsenal remain keen on Crystal Palace’s young England international Wilfried Zaha but Nani represents a player who has competed in the Premier League for nearly six years now while accumulating priceless experience in the Champions League.

Wenger has been given assurances about the funds at his disposal this January and The Mirror report that the Gunners boss would be able to afford the Portuguese international’s transfer fee of £12 million and wages of £90,000-a-week.

Meanwhile, Wenger hasn’t ruled out a third Arsenal spell for Thierry Henry, who could yet make an MLS off-season move to the Emirates Stadium, as he did so successfully last term.

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