Ranieri rubbishes claims the Ligue 1 side are bidding for Nani.
AS Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri has laid to rest the rumours that the newly promoted and super-rich club are preparing a move for Manchester United winger Luis Nani.
The Ligue 1 side have been strongly linked with the Portugal international, who is expected to leave Old Trafford this summer and has attracted the interest of the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Anzhi Makhachkala and AS Roma as well.
Yet Ranieri has ruled out a move for the 26-year-old, with the club having already spent nearly £130m this transfer window.
“No, Nani is just rumours. Our market is closed,” the former Chelsea boss was quoted on goal.com.
The Principality club have only just made their return to the French top tier after spending two years in Ligue 2.
However, under the guidance of billionaire Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev, Monaco are expected to be title challengers in 2013/14 and have already spent big on the world-class players such as Radamel Falcao and Joao Moutinho.
Nani’s agent, Jorge Mendes, also represents Falcao and Moutinho, among many others, and has already orchestrated several transfers to the Stade Louis II.
Yet Monaco are clearly not interested in making the Portuguese midfielder there latest Mendes client to join the club – although that does not mean Nani won’t be leaving United this summer.
The Red Devils are brimming with options on the flanks, with Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and new signing Wilfried Zaha, whilst Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa are also utilised on the wing.
Therefore something has to give and after spending six years with the Premier League champions, it looks like Nani is going to be the man to make way.