Nani is threatening to run down his contract before leaving Old Trafford  for free.
In a move to price himself out of the 25-million-pound move by United, he asked for a wage in excess of the 200,000 pounds-a-week, expecting that it would prompt Zenit to pull out of the deal.
"It wasn't an accident that Nani was incommunicado. He told his agent to ask for silly money if Zenit wanted to talk. He expected them to turn him down flat, but they still wanted to talk," the Daily Mirror quoted a source, as saying.
"He doesn't want to go. He's happy to sit there and see out his deal if United make things this difficult," the source added.
Nani has two years left on his current deal, and was hoping that United would offer him an extension worth 130,000 pounds-a-week, the paper said.
However, with Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie all capable of playing wide, Alex Ferguson probably sees Nani as surplus to requirements, the paper added. (ANI )