Nani has been linked with a loan move back to Sporting Lisbon in January if he recovers in time from a hamstring injury he sustained at the start of the year.
The 27-year-old was brought to United from Lisbon in a big money move back in 2007 and has been a great player for United over the years but he has been out of favour recently. Nani has had a tough couple of seasons at Manchester United thanks to injuries but despite that, the last thing we should consider doing is selling one of our most naturally talented wingers in January.
Like Adnan Januzaj has shown this season, an unpredictable winger with confidence can single handedly win a team games. At his best, that is exactly what Nani did and at a time where the wingers in our squad already look very weak, Moyes can’t afford to let Nani go. His departure would mean United had only three wingers in the squad in Januzaj, Valencia and Young.
Also, it would be almost impossible for United to replace Nani in January if he did return to Portugal and at a time where we need to strengthen, the last thing David Moyes should do is deplete the squad further.
However, would a Nani loan to Sporting Lisbon open the door for William Carvalho to move in the other direction?
The 21-year-old has been watched by United scouts all year and now that other teams including Arsenal have shown an interest in Carvalho, Nani going to Sporting would be the perfect bargaining tool for David Moyes to make sure he landed Carvalho.
A stumbling block in any Nani deal is that Sporting would not be able to afford his wages so we would have to at least in part pay his wages even if he left on loan, effectively paying for Nani when he wasn’t playing for the club.
Nani’s departure from United could only be offset by an immediate replacement and that would be very difficult to achieve in a January transfer window. If Moyes did want Nani to go back to Sporting, it is something he should wait until the summer to do.