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Nani set to roar up United’s pay scale
Manchester United are talking with Luis Nani's representatives about a new deal for the Portuguese midfielder, which is likely to be agreed before the end of the season – and which could make him one of their highest earners. The 24-year-old took time to settle at United and two years ago his future there appeared to be in jeopardy, with Italian and Spanish clubs interested. Ashley Young's arrival last summer only seemed to add to those doubts despite Nani's overall contribution in the domestic title-winning season – he was even named as the players' player of the season. But Nani has proved himself again in this campaign and, with two years still to run on a contract believed to be for £90,000 a week, United appear ready to improve it – possibly to around £125,000 a week. With no apparent problems over the terms of a new offer, Nani may be tied to the club just as United activate the clause in Dimitar Berbatov's contract which would make him a United player until the summer of 2013.
In The Sun, Ashley Young has warned Manchester City that the champions are ready to pounce on any mistakes they make. The England forward said: “Any time they slip up and we can take advantage, then we will. We'll keep pegging them back. As Paul Scholes said the other day, we think we'll have to win every game. So as long as we keep doing that, we'll be OK. We'll just concentrate on ourselves and take each game as it comes.”
In the Manchester Evening News, Athletic Club midfielder Ander Herrera has warned his side will attack the Reds during Thursday night’s Europa League clash. He said: “It's a dream that we are going to live a unique situation that maybe throughout your career you only experience once but, clearly, we are going to win, not just turn up.”