11th December, 2012
There are indications that Arsenal may bring unsettled Manchester United star Nani to the Emirates soon, as reports claimed the Portuguese winger is “a shock £20 million target” for the Gunners.
The 26-year-old Nani hasn’t seen eye to eye with the club for a while now and rumours have been circulating for months that he could leave in the New Year.
Arsenal, according to reports are considering swooping for Nani as they look to replace Theo Walcott, whose future at the Emirates “looks bleak” because of contractual issues.
United want significantly more than the £14m they paid to Sporting Lisbon in 2007 for nani and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is under pressure from the board and fans to start spending big.
Nani, 26, currently sidelined with a hamstring problem, has 18 months left of his current deal. He is on £90,000 a week and was holding out for £130,000 but United have refused to pay.
While Arsenal are unwilling to offer more than £80,000 a week for Walcott, they still pay others more. Andrey Arshavin earns £90,000 a week, a similar amount to German Lukas Podolski.
Meanwhile, Wenger may have accepted that the current squad are not strong enough to guarantee one of the Champions League places and will approve a series of bids which could result in an unprecedented £50m of new talent arriving at the club.