Date: 30th May 2007 at 5:43pm
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Reports claim that Sporting winger Nani is set to be United’s second summer signing after Gill and Queiroz were photographed in Lisbon

The pair was pictured leaving a hotel with Sporting officials. Neither club wished to comment on the meeting but it is believed that they had held talks over the future of Nani.

The 20-year-old Sporting winger has been linked with a move to United for a long time and reportedly refused to sign a contract extension. He’s recently expressed his desire to play in the Premiership.

However, Sporting still wish to hold onto him. Salema Waiter, director of communications at the Portuguese club, told that if United are keen on the player, they have to trigger the release clause in his contract. In that case, Sporting could do nothing at all to prevent Nani leaving.

That’s nothing new of course. I guess (and it’s only guesswork, nothing else) that Gill tried to soften their stance, to lower the asking price. The two clubs’ relationship is said to be excellent so it’s no surprise United try to convince them to forget that release clause.

It remains to be seen whether their stance is negotiable and those who’d love to see Nani here should hope Spurs does not match the amount put in his release clause.