Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NO TO NANI; Boro Turned Down Portugal Winger Claims Agent

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NO TO NANI; Boro Turned Down Portugal Winger Claims Agent

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Byline: PHILIP TALLENTIRE

BORO rejected the chance to sign future pounds 17m Manchester United star Nani for a knockdown price just months before he joined the Red Devils, according to agent Barry Silkman.

The Portuguese winger was a hot property with Sporting Lisbon back in 2006 when he was reportedly offered to Boro for pounds 3.5m.

The club's newly appointed manager Gareth Southgate apparently passed up the opportunity and, the following summer, Nani signed for Manchester United in a pounds 17m deal.

Silkman, speaking about potential deals that he failed to complete, told www.sport.co.uk: "Recently, the biggest one I have missed out on, I saw a player in Portugal a few years ago called Nani.

"I tried to do a deal with Middlesbrough who I was very close to at the time; I did a lot of deals when Steve McClaren was manager."

"I offered Nani to Middlesbrough and Gareth Southgate didn't fancy him. He was pounds 3.5m. He went to Manchester United for $27m and it was only eight or nine months later, that's all it was. …

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