Nani has been linked with a move to Juventus and Inter Milan but while Sporting insist they haven't made a formal bid they would like the player back.

The Portuguese wide-man has only started five games this season and looks surplus to requirements.

Sporting's president, Bruno De Carvalho, said if there is any chance of a deal they would go for it.

De Carvalho said: “Honestly I’m surprised with this because we have not had any official news from United or the agent.

“Nani is a former player and always be welcome here.

"If there is any chance we would be happy.”

Nani is in a list of players that David Moyes wants out of Old Trafford and the race for his signature is set to be one of the most interesting of the window.