Emirates Stadium could be Portuguese’s new home next season.
Arsenal have emerged as the new surprise favourites to sign unsettled Manchester United star Luis Nani this summer, according to reports in the Metro.
The skilful Portugal international has been at Old Trafford for the past six seasons now, having originally signed for the Red Devils from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon for 25.5 million euros in July 2007 on a five-year deal.
However, it is fair to say that in the intervening six-year period the 26-year-old has endured an up-and-down career in the north west, and in the previous campaign the wide man spent large parts of the season warming the substitutes’ bench under Sir Alex Ferguson’s management.
On his day, Nani can be a tremendously damaging player, with high work rate, a powerful shot and great flair, but he often makes poor decisions and that is why he was often left out of the side.
In total, the winger featured in only 17 matches for United last season, scoring just the three goals, including two strikes in his ten top-flight contests as the club won the Premier League, and now it seems Arsenal are set to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding his future by lodging a bid for the player.
However, Nani is keeping his options open.
“My future? Nothing is certain,” said Nani to the Daily Mail.
“I am calm. I have everything in my hands.
“I am not saying that I will not continue at Manchester United. I will think about what is best for me.
“I have respect for the Portuguese clubs, especially Sporting Lisbon but also Benfica and Porto, but I don’t think that is viable.
“I think my level at the moment is different.”