Sporting Lisbon manager Marco Silva has admitted the Portuguese club cannot afford to pay Nani’s wages and that the winger will have to return to Manchester United this summer.
The 28-year-old re-joined Sporting on loan this year as part of a deal which saw Marcos Rojo go in the other direction and has gone on to enjoy a strong season back at the club where United signed him from.
United currently pay Nani’s full wages despite the fact he is on loan at Sporting and it’s clear the Portuguese club are unable to offer that without United’s support.
“The president was clear: the player is on loan for a year and has conditions (salary) that are not supportable,” Silva told O Jogo as reported by Sport Witness.
It might not come as a surprise to hear Sporting cannot afford Nani’s wages. After all, they will be what he earned at United and that would far exceed what he was on at Sporting before he joined.
Of course, the news doesn’t mean Nani has a long-term future at United but what it does effectively close a door in is a permanent return to Sporting for the Portuguese winger.
For Nani, it either means he will remain at United and fight for his place under Louis van Gaal or find another club to join.