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Portuguese player Luis Nani, who recently joined Valencia from Turkish side Fenerbahce, has become the sixth Portuguese player to join the ranks of the Spanish football club in the last five seasons.

Before Nani's arrival, Valencia signed five of his Portuguese compatriots over the past five years, namely, Joao Pereira, Ruben Vezo, Joao Cancelo, Andre Gomes and Helder Postiga, reports Efe. Currently, Valencia has four Portuguese players on its roster, including Nani, Andre Gomes, Joao Cancelo and Ruben Vezo.

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25-year old Manchester United midfielder Anderson, on loan at Serie-A club Fiorentina, claims that several players in the Red Devils squad want to leave the club in the near future. The Manchester Evening News quoted the Brazilian midfielder, who only recently sealed a loan move away from Old Trafford to Fiorentina, as saying, “I'm sure that lots of players want out, especially players like myself and Nani who have been in Manchester for seven or eight years. Manchester United is a huge club, a club that does everything for its players but sometimes a footballer wants to leave just to experience a different way to play football, to learn something as well."

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Reports in The Daily Mirror have revealed that Manchester United Manager David Moyes failed with an 11th hour swap move for Tottenham Hotspur’s Andros Townsend, in which he was believed to be utilising the Portuguese as a makeweight, offering some cash alongwith Nani to lure the England international to Old Trafford.

The north Londoners too were believed to be keen on taking the versatile 27 year old winger to White Hart Lane this winter, and were competing with Inter Milan to sign him at the very least temporarily. Moyes is believed to have seen this as an opportunity to land long term target Townsend at Old Trafford, which in turn led to him blocking his player’s move to the Serie A club. However, Tottenham themselves also snubbed United’s proposal, with the 22 year old believed to be a pretty valuable asset to them and the Portuguese struggling with a hamstring injury.

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When Chelsea signed Kevin de Bruyne from Racing Genk in January 2012, he always knew that it would be  a challenge to break into the Blues’ starting XI. After nearly two years which included a loan spell at Werder Bremen, De Bruyne is yet to be a first team regular at Chelsea’s XI, despite winning a host of admirers throughout Europe with his performances in Bremen.

Juventus though are one of his many admirers and despite having prioritized Manchester United winger Nani as their primary target for strengthening the club’s midfield, the Turin giants have decided to make a play for De Bruyne should they fail to convince the Red Devils to part with the Portuguese winger.

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A couple of Manchester United exits look to be on the cards this month with young striker Angelo Henriquez poised to leave for Spain on a season long loan, while Nani could be leaving Old Trafford permanently with ultra-rich Monaco hot on his coat tails.

19 year old Henriquez was loaned out to Wigan Athletic last season in what was a mixed season for the Latics as they won the FA Cup but got relegated as well. The young Chile international didn't get enough game time though at Wigan, featuring just 8 times for them, that too mostly from the bench. Angelo has now set his sights on Real Zaragoza as he is all set to be loaned out for the second year in a row to gain more experience and playing time. The player though is likely to still have a future at United, as he is believed to have immense potential and could be a great asset to David Moyes’ team in the future.

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New Manchester United manager David Moyes is prepared to sell as many as eight squad players to raise enough money for his prime targets in the transfer market, the Metro reports. Among the players included are the likes of Luis Nani, the Portuguese winger who has disappointed with his form over the past few seasons, Anderson, the Brazilian midfielder who showed initial promise with his energy, but who has suffered from a lack of match fitness and Anders Lindegaard, the Danish goalkeeper who clearly became the second choice keeper last season at Old Trafford.

Additionally, David Moyes is prepared to offload Bebe, Federico Macheda, Fabio and youngsters Ryan Tunnicliffe and Scott Wootton in order to collect funds for the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. Nani and Anderson, especially, have attracted a number of suitors, and their departure will also trim the wage bill at United.

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Roma’s director of sport, Walter Sabatini, has opened talks with United regarding the purchase of Portuguese winger Luis Nani, the Daily Express reports. Nani, who only has a year left on his contract, has shown a willingness to talk with other clubs following a breakdown in contract negotiations with United. In addition to Roma, potential suitors include Monaco, Juventus and Napoli.

The 26-year-old winger who joined United in 2007, and has since made 133 appearances for the Red Devils, has fallen out of favour at United, starting only 15 games last season for them. Comfortable playing on both wings, Nani drew comparison to former United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo for his tendency to cut inside, his skill with the ball at his feet and long-range shooting. However, a combination of selfishness in front of goal, which often leads to him conceding possession in promising situations, and a failure to make the most of the opportunities given to him, have resulted in the winger falling behind in the pecking order at United.

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