Manchester United Lose Hope of Nani Return

nani1Manchester United Lose Hope of Nani Return Manchester United have been told they have little chance of bringing Nani back from his season-loan at Sporting, Goal has learned. Louis van Gaal had asked United to explore the possibility of recalling the Portugal international from the Lisbon club less than 12 weeks after allowing him to leave Old Trafford as part of Marcos Rojo’s summer transfer.

In addition to the €20 million transfer fee paid for the defender, United loaned Nani to Sporting at no cost, while covering the vast majority of his lucrative contract. But Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, failed to include a recall clause in Nani’s deal, and any ad hoc agreement to allow the 28-year-old’s return would necessitate significant compensation payments to Sporting. Sporting have already made it clear to United that they consider a mid-season termination impossible, although Goal understands the Portuguese club may be open to negotiation should they fail to reach the knock-out stages of the Champions League. Currently second in Group G on seven points, defeat at Chelsea coupled with a Schalke victory at Maribor would cost them their place. Even in these circumstances, however, well-informed sources say a deal would be “difficult” to reach.  United’s Players’ Player of the Year in 2011, Nani has recovered his decisiveness as a guaranteed starter at Sporting, scoring seven times in 14 appearances since his return, including four in five Champions League fixtures. He will miss the Chelsea tie with a minor thigh strain, but is expected to be fit again in a week’s time. PROCEED TO SEE MORE ON PAGE 2

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