Serie A champions Juventus are ready to ditch their efforts to lure Manchester United winger Nani to Italy, reports suggest.
The Portuguese winger has been subject to speculation regarding his future at Old Trafford after a mixed start to the campaign. Nani’s role in the Manchester United set up has been called into question as Sir Alex Ferguson has experimented with a diamond system bereft of wingers, but demonstrated his ability to still deliver an impact when he came off the bench at half time during United’s 3-2 victory over Braga in the Champions League last night.
A host of Serie A teams had been linked with a swoop for the Portuguese winger, but Juventus have led the pursuit, according to reports from both the British and the Italian press. But according to Goal.com, the Bianconeri are set to end their interest in the former Sporting Lisbon man, and will shift their focus onto an established forward for their front line.
Juventus were heavily involved in the pursuit of Robin Van Persie and were linked with moves for Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente and Luis Suarez of Liverpool. Moves failed to materialise, and the Italian giants instead ended up taking Arsenal misfit Nicklas Bendtner on a season-long loan.
Antonio Conte’s side found themselves priced out of moves from a number of their initial summer transfer targets, and may have found themselves in a similar position in their bid to sign Nani, who signed for Manchester United for £17 million in 2007.