Signing a fat new five-year contract at Old Trafford has done little to quell murmurs linking Nani with a move away from Manchester United, with new Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini reportedly interested.
Given the long-held admiration the Red Devils have had for the Turks’ Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder the likelihood that the Portuguese international could be used as part of a long-mooted deal for the former Inter Milan player is far from impossible.
The Premier League champions have drifted to 6/1 fourth favourites to win this year’s competition and it’s hard not to anticipate them diving into the transfer market in January.
Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has suggested Sneijder should leave Istanbul.
While Chelsea were the destination that the meddling manager earmarked for his countryman, the underlying note to his widely quoted thoughts were that a Gala exit was a priority if the 29-year-old’s international form was to be revived.
Chelsea would be unlikely to oppose the Red Devils for the Dutchman’s signature given the plethora of centrally-orientated midfielders in their ranks, which include Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata.
United were linked with at least four central-midfield playmakers before the transfer window closed.
In contrast to the Stamford Bridge outfit, David Moyes’ need for an attacking playmaker has been ill-concealed with efforts to sign Luka Modric, Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and Ander Herrera thwarted during the summer months.
The Red Devils have previously approached the Dutchman in both 2011 and 2012.
United have courted the Ajax academy graduate since long before his move to Galatasaray in January 2013 with the Mirror suggesting back in 2012 that Sir Alex Ferguson considered him the successor to Paul Scholes at Old Trafford.
It was thought that wage demands were the stumbling block for a potential move in the past, but with Sneijder’s place in the Dutch World Cup squad conceivably under threat if his poor form for his club continues he may feel a January switch is necessary.