Old Trafford reportedly reach gentlemen’s agreement to snap up long term target.
Manchester United have reached a gentlemen’s agreement with Benfica to sign highly-sought after winger Nicolas Gaitan in the summer transfer window, according to Record.
The 23-year-old has been widely touted as one of the up and coming prospects in European football, with the Red Devils repeatedly linked with a move for the Argentine.
Reports emerging from the Portuguese publication have now claimed that United have agreed a verbal pact with Benfica over the transfer of the player at the end of the current campaign.
Ferguson is believed to be keen to bolster his midfield, having recently re-signed veteran Paul Scholes on a short-term deal, although Gaitan’s reported £30 million price tag may prove a stumbling block to any potential Old Trafford switch.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been linked with Argentine international Nicolas Gaitan for some time, from about the time the Benfica man came up against Man United in Champions League action early this season, and now this source believes a deal is in place to bring the talented 23 year old Old Trafford and he may well add some extra creativity to the club’s central midfield position.
Whilst the Premier League side have a great deal of forward thinking talent out on the flanks, with the likes of Nani, Ashley Young and in form Luis Antonio Valencia all able to provide ammunition, Man United’s central midfielders are not the most prolific when it comes to creating chances and adding the goal-scoring touch at the end of an attack.
Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick and Anderson are jacks of all trades and whilst Tom Cleverley has impressed in an advanced midfield role but the 22 year old is still relatively raw when it comes regular first team football.
Gaitan has been a big success in Portugal, helping Benfica to an unbeaten domestic campaign thus far this season, taking the Lisbon side five points clear at the top of the table.
The former Boca Juniors man has racked up 10 goals and 19 assists in 18 months at Benfica and it’s no surprise that he has attracted interest and Sir Alex Ferguson is no stranger to signing players from the Portuguese Primeira Liga having brought in the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Anderson and Nani from this route.
Gaitan is now a regular in the Argentine national team set-up and would surely be tempted by a move to Old Trafford if indeed the two clubs can come to an agreement on a fair price for the crafty attacking midfielder.