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Man Utd doing their bit to help Juventus continue run of bargains

| 05.05.2014

Everyone loves a bargain, whether it be a genuine antique from a car boot sale, a heavily reduced winter jacket in the summer sales or cheap tickets to a West End Show.

In football terms, it is Juventus that have become the masters of the bargain in recent seasons, with Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba and Fernando Llorente arriving on free transfers and Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez among those purchased for less than their true market value.

Having wrapped up their third successive Serie A title, attentions may already be turning to next season, with the completion of some early deals potentially proving a lucrative strategy ahead of the World Cup, where a few good performances will in all likelihood cause a spike in prices.

The obvious area of the Juventus squad that could do with strengthening is in the wide areas, as Antonio Conte’s preference for three central defenders and wing backs means there is a shortage of genuine wingers.

However, plans are already in place to remedy this shortage, with Manchester United doing their bit to help Juventus capture their next bargain.

A deal is already said to be in place between Juventus and the Red Devils for Nani, but the big surprise is that the asking price for the Portuguese winger is as low as £4m.

Nani has only been a bit-part player at Old Trafford this season, but a failure to provide either a goal or an assist in his 11 Premier League appearances is still a disappointing return.

But what Man Utd will be losing is their most potent dribbler and although inconsistent, Nani has the capacity to be a true nightmare to an opposing full-back.

Juventus have no such player either and for what looks a small outlay, Nani would give them a valuable plan B if they need to try a different approach, especially if a game becomes overloaded in the central areas.

His pace will give the team a new dimension and given he is still aged only 27, a move to Italy could be what is required to finally ensure that his stop/start career begins to blossom.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.