Valencia have signed Luis Nani from Fenerbahce, having met the Turkish club’s buyout clause of €8.5 million. The
Portugal international, once of Manchester United, will join up with his new team-mates following Euro 2016
An official statement from Valencia read:
“Valencia have reached an agreement with Portugal international Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha ‘Nani’ that ties the player to our club for the next three seasons.
“Nani, 29, has played for Sporting CP (2005-2007, 2014-15), Manchester United (2007-2014) and Fenerbahce (2015-16).
“His impressive record includes winning the Champions League and four Premier League titles with Manchester United and two Portuguese Cups with Sporting. In his last season with Fenerbahce, Nani played 46 official matches, in which he scored 12 goals.
“The Portuguese international is currently in France, where his national side will take part in the semi-finals of Euro 2016, and will be presented to our fans in the near future. Nani has played 101 official matches with Portugal and has scored 20 goals, including two at Euro 2016.”
This is good signing for Valencia. Last season was something of a disaster for Los Che, as they sacked two managers (Nuno Santo and Gary Neville), flirted with relegation and eventually found their way out of trouble under the guidance of Pako Ayestaran.
A player of Nani’s quality will help Valencia be much more competitive next season. The winger can operate on either flank or off the centre-forward, and he has the ingenuity to conjure brilliant moments in games.
His shooting on either foot, devilish crossing and ability to drive at opposition defenders makes him a wonderful player to watch when on form.
Ayestaran and the Valencia supporters will have to put up with some erratic play, not to mention a player that doesn’t typically indulge in the defensive or physical side of the game. But Nani is well suited to La Liga and is the kind of player that’ll give the Mestalla crowd some overdue excitement.