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United Held Talks With Sporting

Reports claim that Sporting winger Nani is set to be United's second summer signing after Gill and Queiroz were photographed in Lisbon

The pair was pictured leaving a hotel with Sporting officials. Neither club wished to comment on the meeting but it is believed that they had held talks over the future of Nani.

The 20-year-old Sporting winger has been linked with a move to United for a long time and reportedly refused to sign a contract extension. He's recently expressed his desire to play in the Premiership.

However, Sporting still wish to hold onto him. Salema Waiter, director of communications at the Portuguese club, told that if United are keen on the player, they have to trigger the release clause in his contract. In that case, Sporting could do nothing at all to prevent Nani leaving.

That's nothing new of course. I guess (and it's only guesswork, nothing else) that Gill tried to soften their stance, to lower the asking price. The two clubs' relationship is said to be excellent so it's no surprise United try to convince them to forget that release clause.

It remains to be seen whether their stance is negotiable and those who'd love to see Nani here should hope Spurs does not match the amount put in his release clause.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 30 2007

Time: 5:42PM

Your Comments

i heared that we will get Nani in summer - but then immediately loan him back to sporting for one more season. Makes sense really,as it may mean we get him for less than his clause requires, and also in the short-term we do not really need him (giggs, park, ronaldo, rooney, richardson, fletcher) so another season to gain more experience of regular first team football may be the best solution.
united4life
If we sign him and i hope we do, we'll need him now, richardson and fletcher are not utd quality, park is willing but not really able for a sustained run in the first team if for example giggs or ronaldo are injured, rooney cannot play on the wing and i would rather nani spends the season being coached by our coaches in our world class facilities not somewhere where the coaches couldnt give a ***** because he'll be leaving at the end of the season and besides he could work with giggs on a one to one basis which in turn helps giggs with coaching skills and hopefully this could lead to giggs staying at utd as a coach if and when he retires from playing. As for Spurs matching his release clause if that happens it'll be a bad day for us its bad enough having to worry about chelsea outbidding us but spurs, we are one of the three, if not the best, supported clubs in the world we must be the biggest merchandisers in the game so where are the funds going to if not into the club, glazer needs a strong succesful utd challenging for honours every season to keep us the fans and Fergie happy so if its a case of spending every penny we get on his debt while spurs and co spend their tv income on our transfer targets it may not be as good a summer as we had hoped for
Kanchelskis
We've got him! YOU HEAR THAT TOTTENHAM!!!! na danderson. yes!!!!! the new "C.ronaldo" and "ronaldinho" are UTD's!!! (http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=469458&CPID=8&clid=1&lid=4161&title=United+announce+double+deal)
united4life
nani is a very good player, but anderson is class i gotta admit, and this is coming from an arsenal fan. Not sure about the next ronaldinho bt still an awesome talent.
ArsenalRob
oh ******** hell that was a bolt outta the blue but ***** me did it bring a smile to my face and now for a spliff to celebrate.
Kanchelskis
This may sound stupid but do you think Fergie could be planning to do an Henry with one of these two, ie turn him from a winger into a striker i hope not i want to see huntelaar in a utd shirt. Hopefully there are still a few cheques left in glazers cheque book, but fair play to him for backing fergies plans so far, he has now earned my respect.
Kanchelskis
People are talking about nani, but Anderson is a VERY good player!
Adilson
kanchelskis i was thinking that very same thing or he could choose to play ronaldo as a striker.
rooneyisgod
rooney and ronaldo upfront.........................................quality!!!!
united4life
I think it will be Rooney and Anderson upfront...
midlothian99
We (Tottenham) miss out on nani so waht we have got Berbatov you havent.
anil60
And who gives a damn about who you have? Berbatov is a class act and I'd love to see him here but I think he's wise to remain at Spurs, he's number one star there.
midlothian99
yeah would berbatov be the big star in this team? hell no
rooneyisgod
I don't really understand why Spurs fans feel they must make clear that though they missed out on Nani they've still got Berbatov. I think we're all aware of that.
Zae
Yeah you've got Berbatov but ***** all else, enjoy the uefa cup who knows maybe a 1 man team can go all the way in that second rate ***** poor competition.
Kanchelskis
 

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