It's a bad idea for United to sell Nani to Arsenal

Nani

The Daily Star has reported that Arsenal are considering a £15 million deal to sign Manchester United winger Nani.

It’s a deal which Manchester United should be very wary of allowing for the simple reason that it makes one of their main rivals stronger.

A lot was made of the deal which took Robin van Persie to Manchester United from the Gunners because it was seen as a bad bit of business by Arsenal, selling to another English club.

If Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Old Trafford taught us anything, it’s that you don’t sell to clubs who could make you weaker as a result and that’s a mistake that David Moyes has to avoid.

Nani did not have a good season at Old Trafford making just 21 appearances and also picking up that red card, which many attribute to United’s exit from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid.

He’s certainly disposable to the current United side and someone who can easily be replaced by the incoming Wilfried Zaha if that’s a line of action that Moyes wants to take.

However, it would be much more favourable to United if they sold Nani to another European team as opposed to a rival inside England.

Moyes and Manchester United are not parties who will stand in the way of Nani if he wants to aggressively pursue a move away from the club, but they would probably be more willing to accept a lower offer from another European side.

Arsenal do have a need for an out and out winger in their team because that would release Lukas Podolski or Theo Walcott from a wider position to concentrate on playing through the middle.

The Gunners are also well within their rights to test the water over a possible deal because for once it’s not them looking to sell a player to one of their main Premier League rivals.

It all comes down to the mentality that Moyes has compared with Ferguson’s decision to axe stars and sell them to non-English clubs.

Moyes’ history does give an indication that he may be reluctant to sell to Arsenal because he mad an almighty fuss when Manchester City first tried to poach Joleon Lescott away from Everton.

Juventus have been touted as a possible destination for Nani and there will be other big sides in for him once his availability becomes official.

There is still the chance that Moyes will look at retaining him and using him as a key squad player for next season, which could trigger a longer contract for United’s Portuguese star.

However, it does look more likely that he will leave the club, it just seems very unlikely that his new team will be Arsenal.

Do you think Nani will leave? Would you be surprised if United sold to Arsenal?

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