German giants Bayern Munich are on the verge of a sensational £30m bid for Manchester United’s Nani.
Bayern are hoping to beat off interest from Juventus and Inter Milan to sign the Portuguese winger.
After a difficult time at the start of his United career, Nani has become integral to the team. His ferocious wing play and eye for goal have made him undoubtedly one of the best players in the Premier League, and so it is almost inconceivable to foresee Sir Alex Ferguson letting him go.
Inconceivable too is that Bayern would be looking to replace either Arjen Robben or Franck Ribery who currently flank the side. These two players are the lynchpins of the Bayern attack. However, Nani’s assist contribution last year (18) is just one short of Ribery and Robben’s totals added together, so there would certainly be more productivity in the side.
Ribery himself is a veteran of transfer speculation. AC Milan are rumoured to be eyeing a swoop for the player who many feel is past his best. Never one to stick around too long, Ribery may have his eye on a move after a lacklustre season from Bayern in which they finished third in the Bundesliga, and were dumped out of the Champions League by an Inter side who were eventually hammered by league rivals, Schalke.
If Nani were to leave United, Ferguson would certainly be seeking a premium sum and £30m may only be enough to start the bidding, let alone land the winger. And though the money would almost certainly be used to tempt either Luka Modric or Wesley Sneijder to Old Trafford, a wide man would have to be brought in to add width to the champions’ attack.
But with an £18m deal all but completed for Aston Villa ace Ashley Young, it seems like good business to allow the winger to leave and free up funds for essential further investment. Ferguson will be hoping Bayern’s bid sparks a bidding war, but it remains to be seen whether any other top European club would be willing to match their figure.
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