Old Trafford boss closes in on Argentine target.
Man United in pole position to sign Benfica’s Nicolas Gaitan, says agent
Manchester United look set to win the race for the signature of Benfica’s highly-rated midfielder Nicolas Gaitan.
The Argentine playmaker looks set to leave Portugal this summer and has some of Europe’s biggest clubs tracking any potential move.
Old Trafford chief Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be a huge fan of the creative 24-year-old and is rumoured to be ready to snap him up once the summer transfer window opens.
And the possibility of that happening appears to have become more likely after Gaitan’s agent spoke favourably of his client’s views on a move to north-west England.
Jose Ibarren said: ‘Nicolas likes Manchester United a lot. He would like to play for Manchester United. If there is an offer for him, Nicolas would be happy to listen and negotiate.’
Some sources believe that Man United are ready to meet Benfica’s €35m (£28.3m) valuation and will cement the deal by sending full back Fabio to the Portuguese on a season long loan deal that may include the option to make the temporary move a permanent one. There had been some talk that midfielder Anderson could also be part of the package but that appears unfounded.
Gaitan has been scouted by Man United for much of this term and his consistent displays, especially against the Old Trafford side in Champions League action, have left Ferguson ready to make a big money move for the 24 year old.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been looking at a number of potential attacking midfielder signings and having considered moves for Wesley Sneijder, Luka Modric and Eden Hazard it appears that the Argentine international is now the favoured target for the Premier League side.
Gaitan only arrived at his Lisbon club two years ago but over the course of the past two seasons he has notched up 13 goals and 27 assists and has helped Benfica to close the gap on last term’s runaway leaders Porto.
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