Arsenal in move for Manchester United winger Nani

Arsenal have been linked with a move for a number of established Premier League stars since the end of the season.

Marouane Fellaini, Wayne Rooney, Gareth Barry, Edin Dzeko and even Luis Suarez are all believed to be on Arsene Wenger and now it seems so is Manchester United winger Nani.

The 26 year olds future at Old Trafford has come under scrutiny in recent weeks with a host of European clubs keen on the Portuguese star.

However according to, the Gunners have held a long-term in the star and are ready to steal a march on their rivals by making a move for the former Sporting Lisbon star.

Nani, who has been linked with Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala and French side Monaco, will not be part of the Manchester United squad that travels to the Far East and Australia as he is currently injured.

The winger has struggled to deceive since arriving at Old Trafford as the long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo and last season he fell out of favour with former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Those sentiments appear to have carried over to new boss David Moyes with the former Everton boss failing to give the player the necessary assurances over his first team prospects for the coming season.

Nani cost United £17 million pounds when he signed for the club in 2007 but with just a year left on his contract a sum much less than, believed to be in the region of £8.5 million that would be sufficient to secure his signature.

North London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs, Serie A side Roma and Turkish giants Galatasaray are also keen on the player but Arsenal are hopeful that could beat off the stern competition to land the attacker.

Arsenal are set to let go a number of players this summer with Nicklas Bendtner on the brink of sealing a move to Germany with Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh and Park Chu-Young all set to leave the Emirates.

That will free up space in the Arsenal squad for an attacking wide-man and with 40 goals in 212 games for Untied not to mention four premier league titles and an elusive Champions league medal under his belt the experienced and versatile Nani would fit the bill.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.