Nani

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Af­ter sell­ing Sene­galese winger Keita Balde to Monaco, Lazio re­paired the front-line dam­age by seal­ing a one-year loan deal – with an op­tion to buy – with Va­len­cia for their ex­pe­ri­enced Por­tuguese in­ter­na­tional. Direc­tor of sport Igli Tare de­scribed the ar­rival of the ex-Manch­ester United star as the “cherry on the cake” of the trans­fer win­dow and he has every rea­son to be de­lighted. Whether as a sec­ond striker or op­er­at­ing out wide, the 30-year-old’s al­liance with the pro­lific Ciro Im­mo­bile could make sparks fly. Hav­ing once driven coaches to dis­trac­tion with his in­con­sis­tency, he now brings more in­ten­sity and de­sire to the ta­ble – and as he proved in Por­tu­gal’s tri­umph at Euro 2016, he has now be­come a gen­uine leader.

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