Wenger looking to capitalise on Nani row by bringing Man Utd winger to Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is said to be lining up a January swoop for Manchester United winger Luis Nani after the Portuguese’s relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson deteriorated to the point of no return, the Daily Mail has reported.

Nani has fallen out of favour with Ferguson after a delay to the extension of his contract at Old Trafford, failing to feature in the first team since playing 73 minutes of a 3-1 victory away at Braga in the Champions League in mid-November. The 26-year-old missed the win over Manchester City on Sunday through injury but is reported by the Mail to have been part of a training ground incident earlier in the season with a young United player.

The Portugal international’s contract runs until 2014 and United are thought to be willing to make amends with the player and agree terms on a new deal, but the Mail claims Nani feels he can no longer play under Ferguson. Nani joined United in 2007 from Sporting Lisbon, and has played more than 200 games for the club, scoring 38 goals.

Arsenal are also understood to be in the market for a defensive midfield player in January, with PSV Eindhoven’s £20m-rated Kevin Strootman considered too costly, causing Wenger to turn to West Ham’s Mohamed Diame, whose contract contains a £3.5m release clause which Wenger is likely to find much more acceptable.

Diame is however facing a spell on the sidelines after being stretchered off against Liverpool with a hamstring injury. It was first feared the midfielder would be out for three months, but West Ham are hopeful he could return within a matter of weeks. Diame joined the Hammers on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic in the summer.

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