Wages Likely To Be A Problem For Sporting Lisbon
The Portugal international has been in impressive form since returning to Sporting in August as part of the deal that took Argentine centre-back Marcos Rojo to Manchester United.
He scored a spectacular goal in the Champions League victory over Maribor this week and has been in a rich vein of form since his arrival back at his former club.
However, Nani’s wages of over £75,000-a-week wages have always represented an obstacle to any permanent Manchester United transfer exit – and they look like doing so again on this occasion.
The deal with Sporting that took Nani to Lisbon stipulated that they would not have to pay towards his wages. However, the £3.75million a year that he earns is equal to a quarter of the club’s total budget for player purchases and wages.
The Independent points out today that both Benfica and Porto are better positioned to afford to pay Nani should he decide to move back to Portugal on a permanent basis. However, the highest-paid player in Portugal earns less than £50,000 a week. There simply isn’t the money in Portugese football to cover the kind of earnings that the likes of Nani are able to command.
The problem for United is that only they appear willing to pay that kind of money to the 28-year-old. A move to Russian side Zenit in 2013 was torpedoed by Nani’s demands for a wage well in excess of £100,000 a week and while clubs in Italy, Germany and Spain have all shown an interest in the past there has been a marked reticence on the part of any club to match his earnings at Old Trafford. For his part, Nani refuses to take a pay cut.
The midfielder’s future will be up in the air again in the summer. Juventus are likely to be linked, possibly along with Inter Milan and possibly clubs in Turkey. However, it would be no surprise if he was back at Old Trafford next season.
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