Portugal National Team and Manchester United winger Nani has returned to his boyhood club, albeit on loan until the end of the season. Nani began his career at Sporting before moving to English giants Manchester United in the summer of 2007 after two impressive seasons in Portugal. A mixture of injuries and indifferent form has held Nani back recently, and the winger has not had a truly successful season since 2012. This move will surely help Nani’s chances at playing time.
This move may come as a bit of a surprise to those who haven’t been following it from the beginning. Nani was greatly out of favor with David Moyes, who took charge at Manchester United last season after club legend Sir Alex Ferguson retired. After Moyes’ subsequent sacking, Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal took the reins for this season. Almost immediately, Van Gaal made it clear that Nani did not feature in the team’s plans, and that the winger should begin looking for a new club. Juventus, Milan, and Inter were all interested in bringing in Nani, but a move never materialized, likely due to Nani’s huge wage demands.
With Manchester United looking for a defender, they turned their eyes to Marcos Rojo, who enjoyed a stellar World Cup with Argentina. Once the English team made a bid, Sporting demanded that Nani be part of the deal. Manchester United accepted the deal, which sees Nani join Sporting on a season-long loan, with Marcos Rojo joining Manchester United for a fee of around 10 million euros. As part of the deal (possibly the most crucial bit), Manchester United will pay all of Nani’s wages during the loan, which is something that Sporting is financially incapable of doing.
And the funny thing is…Nani left Manchester United and will now be playing in the Champions League.
Reports coming out of England recently have suggested that Manchester United outcast Nani could be on his way to Arsenal. It is common knowledge that Nani is on the way out of Manchester United, after yet another row with head coach Sir Alex Ferguson. The winger has been in bad form this season, but one must not forget his form last season. When in form, few will argue that Nani is one of the foremost wingers in the world. But being in form is a problem for Nani. In the last two seasons combined, the winger managed 28 assists in the Premier League alone. This season has not been so fortunate. Sir Alex Ferguson seems to be fed up with the winger once-and-for-all. News of spats between the two are not new, but recently, Ferguson has signaled that Nani’s time at Old Trafford may be up. Hearing this, a host of clubs were, and are, rumored to be tracking the winger. Among these are Juventus, Inter, Porto, Benfica, and now Arsenal. For articles concerning these rumors, visit our Transfer Rumors section.
Arsenal may be the most likely deal to go through as of right now. Soon after the Arsenal rumor hit the press, Sir Alex Ferguson hinted that he may be interested in acquiring the services of Theo Walcott, of Arsenal. Could a swap be in the pipeline? Surely, if these rumors are true, a swap would be the smartest move for both clubs. Nani could work wonders at The Emirates, while Walcott could fill the role as backup to Ashley Young and Valencia at United. The players are very similar. The main difference between the two is that Walcott is quicker, while Nani has a penchant for crossing and producing wonderful goals.
Sir Alex Ferguson has raised some eyebrows with his latest signing, Bébé, from Vitoria Guimaraes. The attacking midfielder/forward was completely unknown until Guimaraes signed him at the beginning of this transfer period from Portuguese Second Division side Estrela Amadora. Bebe grew up on the streets of Portugal, and was raised in an orphanage, where he nurtured his street soccer skills. He was invited to play at the 2009 European Street Football Festival, where he allegedly scored 40 goals in 6 games. He was soon after signed by Amadora, where he enjoyed a good amount of success. After Estrela Amadora failed to pay his wages, Vitoria Guimaraes signed him this summer on a free transfer and immediately slapped a 9-million euro release-clause. Throughout pre-season, Bebe scored five goals in six games for Guimaraes, alerting the big guns. Real Madrid came knocking, but Manchester United stepped in front after a tip from Portuguese National Team coach Carlos Queiroz to Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson. Sir Alex also confirmed that Bebe will not be loaned out, but will instead stay at Old Trafford, learn English, and fight for a spot on the wing against the likes of Nani and Valencia.
So, you have it there. From the streets to Old Trafford. If there ever was such an inspiring story, this would be it. Bebe spoke of his dream transfer, saying: “It’s a dream come true” and “I am very happy. I had the dream of playing, one day, for a major club. That dream has come true,” he said. “Football can change lives, very much”