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Nani wage demands thwart Zenit move

Nani could have left Manchester United for Russian club Zenit St Petersburg.
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Zenit St Petersburg claim that Manchester United winger Nani's wage demands were the main reason for him not moving to Russia.

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Zenit were not shy in splashing the cash this summer as they swooped to sign Hulk from Porto and Axel Witsel from Benfica.

The Russian champions admitted that Hulk and Witsel were their top priorities, but they were still keen on Nani.

The 25-year-old Portuguese has two years remaining on his deal at Old Trafford, but talks are reported to have stalled over an extension.

Zenit director-general Maxim Mitrofanov has now admitted that if Nani had agreed terms, he could have made the move to Russia's Second City.

"If Hulk had demanded 8million to 10million euros a year, these conditions would have been unacceptable for Zenit," said Mitrofanov.

"The transfer of Nani failed mostly due to this reason, as he asked for an enormous salary and we would not pay him."

Mitrofanov admitted that Nani and Tottenham target Joao Moutinho were not their 'top' targets.

"We really have been negotiating Nani and Moutinho, but Hulk and Witzel were top priorities," he said,

"It must be understood that any transfer campaign is based on the list of players, ranked by priority."

The club were also looking into bringing Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin back to St Petersburg, but the player is reported to have decided to remain in London.

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