NANI last night joined Sporting Lisbon on loan as Marcos Rojo completed his £16m move from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United.
The Portugal winger has returned to his home country on a season-long loan deal.
Nani, 27, was enticed back to the club he joined United from in 2007 by the prospect of Champions League football this season.
The winger has struggled to deliver on his potential at United and his substitute appearance in the 2-1 defeat by Swansea on Saturday could be his last for the Premier League side.
No fee has been agreed for the player to make the switch permanent at the end of the loan agreement, but Louis van Gaal’s willingness to let him leave would suggest his time at Old Trafford is up.
Although Nani’s loan move was not part of the Rojo deal, it is expected that it will pave the way for the Argentina defender to join United.
Rojo, 24,yesterday was confirmed as United’s third addition of the summer after his medical and the deal was held up by complex third-party ownership issues.
The defender indicated on Wednesday that the transfer was already complete.
He said: “It’s a dream to play at Manchester United and I am very proud of having the chance of working with [Louis] van Gaal.”