Russian Premier League giants Zenit St Petersburg are currently in negotiations with Manchester United to acquire £25-million rated Portuguese winger Nani, the Daily Mail reports.
“It’s true we are negotiating for Nani and Moutinho, but Hulk and Witsel were our top priorities,” Zenit general director Maxim Mitrofanov revealed on Thursday.
Nani has two years remaining on his current contract, and United are reportedly not willing to meet his £120,000-a-week demands.
The Portugal international has started the 2012-13 English Premier League campaign on shaky form, but he does have one assist in two appearances to show for his efforts.
Nani is currently with the Portuguese national team Praia Del Rey, with Portugal set to clash with Luxembourg in their first World Cup qualifier on Friday.
In other news, the Russian Premier League’s biggest spenders are also interested in out-of-favour Arsenal winger Andrey Arshavin.
Dinamo Moscow manager Dan Petrescu confirmed that the 31-year-old winger rejected an offer from the Russian club earlier this week.
“I wanted him, but he said no,” said Petrescu.
Falcao wants Real switch
According to the father of Radamel Falcao, the Colombian striker has dreamed of playing for European giants Real Madrid since he was a boy, the Daily Mail understands.
“His dream is to play for Real Madrid,” Radamel Garcia told Colombian radio programme En Gran debate de Todelar.
“Since he was a boy he’s always wanted to play there. Other teams in Europe like Chelsea and Manchester City were interested in him.
“If he can’t play for Real Madrid, he’ll play for a team in England.
“Of course he wants to go to the 2014 World Cup, but most of all, he wants to go to Real Madrid.”
Falcao, 26, joined Atlético Madrid from FC Porto for a fee of €40 million, worth up to €47 million in add-ons, in August 2011.
The Colombia international has bagged six goals in three matches in all competitions in 2012-13, including a match-winning hat-trick against European champions Chelsea FC in the UEFA Super Cup.
In fact, Falcao has tallied two hat-trick’s in three appearances this season. Absolutely remarkable.
The former FC Porto standout netted 39 goals in 57 appearances for club and county last term.
His scintillating European form has drawn interest from Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City, and rightfully so.
Many have dubbed Falcao the most complete striker in the world at the moment. That may be going too far, but it may just be true.
He can finish with either foot and is fantastic in the air, especially for his size.
Do you think Falcao will finish the 2012-13 season with Atlético Madrid?