Old Trafford side set to sign Argentine international.
Manchester United will reportedly secure the signing of Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan in January. Sir Alex Ferguson has moved to clinch a deal to sign the Argentine next month after seeing a number of his midfield options ruled out with injuries and is keen to snap up the 23 year old after scouting the former Boca Juniors man for much of the season.
Sources in Portugal are of the opinion that the Premier League side have practically reached agreement with Benfica to sign Gaitan in a £25m deal, initially the deal was said to be planned for the summer but injuries to the likes of Anderson and Tom Cleverley as well as illness curtailing Darren Fletcher’s involvement this season have left Ferguson short of midfield options.
Gaitan only moved to Portugal 18 months ago but has been a huge hit at Benfica, helping them to keep on level terms with FC Porto at the top of the domestic table. However it was the Argentine international’s performances in the Champions League, including in two encounters with Man United, that are said to have persuaded Sir Alex Ferguson to meet the player’s asking price.
Ferguson will look to the Man United board to sanction the bid as he looks to make up ground on big spenders Man City and after seeing their local rivals start the season with a bang. The Old Trafford boss is also keen to strengthen his side and plan for the future after coming up short in Champions League action.
Gaitan is an adaptable attack minded midfielder who often plays in a floating role for Benfica and is very much part of the Argentine national team set-up under new coach Alejandro Sabella.
Target hunting in the Portuguese leagues has proved a success in the recent past for Ferguson with the likes of Anderson, Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo all being brought in from Portugal to the Premier League.