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Manchester United won’t buy Nani, Gignac or Fernandes



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Update: After Nani’s signing, many people have come to this thread and took the time to point out that I was wrong.

I wish they’d also take the time to read the first line of the article, which specifically states that I am (was) talking about the January 2007 transfer window, in which, as far as I remember, Man Utd did NOT sign Nani.

Rumours surrounding Manchester United this week are back on potential transfers and who we could be looking to buy in January. Three names have been linked – Nani (Sporting Lisbon), Gignac (Lorient) and Fernandes (Porto).

And no, Manchester United are not signing any of them. Here’s why…

First up, the Nani rumour has been fuelled by a baited interview from Ronaldo in which he was asked if he would like to see Nani playing at Old Trafford. Links between Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United (stemming from Ronaldo’s transfer 3 years ago) have also fed the rumour. The problem is, I cannot find a single shred of concrete evidence that Manchester United are looking to buy Nani – all Sporting Lisbon have said is that there is interest and that they are looking to sign Nani on an extended contract.

The extended contract is expected and so is interest from clubs around Europe. But until something substantial comes up I wouldn’t bother looking at this any further – Manchester United’s priorities are a central midfielder and a striker, not a winger (not that we don’t buy up quality talent when necessary, but this seems to be media speculation more than anything else). Manchester United could be interested (they inquire about a lot of players every year), but that doesn’t mean they are going to sign him.

The second is Lorient striker Pierre-Andre Gignac, who in an interview said that he admired Ruud van Nistelrooy and that if given a chance, he would love to play for Manchester United. Nice piece of journalistic work, asking a young striker who he likes and then asking him if he’d like to replace him at his former club. SkySports.com staff must be patting themselves on their backs for such excellent reporting.

The third link is Manuel Fernandes – and this is one player I actually think Manchester United should have tried out, but considering that we didnt do anything about him all summer means that Ferguson does not rate him as a finished article yet. Portsmouth are interested in signing him on a permanent deal but I doubt that Benfica will listen – they will most likely wait and see who else in the Premiership is interested before selling him.

Oh, and David Jones is not going anywhere. Fingers crossed.

That’s it for Manchester United ‘transfer’ speculation for today. No more word on Owen Hargreaves, but since he’s injured you wouldn’t expect him to feature in the news until end-November, when it’s time for the rumour mill to start cranking again.

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