Italian champions Juventus are reported to be lining up a double-swoop for Premier League duo Nani and Theo Walcott.
Both players are out of contract this summer and both are demanding wages above what their clubs are prepared to pay.
Sir Alex Ferguson publicly criticized his winger Nani after Manchester United dumped out of the Capital One Cup to European champions Chelsea on Wednesday night.
Nani has been inconsistent in his performances for United since signing Portuguese side Sporting CP for a reported €25.5 million in 2007.
Similarly, Walcott has been through a number of highs and lows for both club and country. The Englishman transferred to Arsenal from Southampton in a deal worth £7million in 2006.
However, Walcott’s contract saga hasn’t hampered the 23-year-old’s form – he’s tallied 7 goals in 7 appearances for the Gunners, topping it off with a hat-trick in their spectacular 5-7 victory over Reading in their Capital One Cup fixture.
Walcott has been resigned to the bench for the majority of the season so far, due to on going contract negotiations with the North London club. His manager Arsene Wenger has insisted this week that he would ideally like to keep Walcott at the Emirates and hopes to wrap the talks up before Christmas.
Sir Alex Ferguson, however, seems much more open to the idea of losing Nani. The Portuguese winger was intended as a replacement for his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo when he departed for the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009.
But the 25-year-old has failed to live up to his expectations and, understandably, has found it hard to fill Ronaldo’s boots at Old Trafford. It is expected that he will be headed for the exit in January with his destination tipped to be the Old Lady.
Juventus boss Antonio Conte outlined his intentions to bring the pair to the Italian giants. Juventus are understood to be willing to meet the wage demands of both players – both want £100,000 a week – unlike their current clubs.
Conte also spoke of his admiration for Malaga playmaker Isco who has been linked with an array of European clubs including Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.
It’s understood, should the Juve boss fail in his attempts to lure Walcott and Nani to Turin, he would be interested in securing the services of the Spanish maestro hailed as the next Cesc Fabregas.
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