Monaco are reportedly edging closer to snapping up Manchester United winger Nani in a £20m move.
The Ligue 1 outfit, bankrolled by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, have already signed James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho from Porto and Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid in big-money deals, after seeing off competition from other potential suitors including United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Monaco are set to continue their shopping spree as they look to challenge Paris Saint-Germain for the French ligue 1 title next season. And, according to the Mirror, signing Nani is the French club's next big transfer target.
The Portuguese, who arrived at Old Trafford in a €25.5m deal in 2007 from Sporting Lisbon, has made over 200 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions so far. However, the 26-year-old has fallen behind the pecking order at the club in recent years and managed just seven starts in the league last season.
Negotiations over a new deal had also stalled a while back and the report claims Nani's departure this summer could see United boss David Moyes transfer kitty increase up to £80m, as the Scot attempts to strengthen the squad, ahead of his debut season in charge.
Moyes does not officially start his work as the United manager till next month but the 50-year-old is understood to have already made some decisions regarding the club's current squad. And it seems the manager, like predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, feels Nani is now surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
de Gea Hopes for Atletico Return
Meanwhile, United goalkeeper David de Gea has revealed he would like to return to Atletico Madrid some day.
The Spaniard moved from his hometown club to United in 2011 as a 20-year-old in a £19m deal, which remains the British record transfer fee for a goalkeeper. And having seen Atletico win the Copa del Rey this season after beating archrivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, the stopper admitted he would consider another spell with the Rojiblancos in the future.
"To win at Madrid's Bernabeu in a final, I cannot ask for anything more because they also have qualified for the Champions and have made a great season. Hopefully in the future I can return, you never know. It has been and will always be my home," the 22-year-old said.