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Liverpool & Man United In Battle to Sign £29m Argentine Playmaker in January

Anfield and Old Trafford sides back in for Benfica star.

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Italian source CalcioMercato believe that Man United & Liverpool are ready to re-ignite their collective interest in Benfica playmaker Nicolas Gaitan.

Both sides have previously been linked with the 24 year old Argentine international, who last term was valued at €35m (£29.3m) by the Independent.

The former Boca Juniors man was seemingly very close to moving to Man United in the summer, but Benfica seemingly instead looked to balance the books by selling Axel Witsel to Zenit for a large fee said to be in the region of £32m.

However Click Manchester reports that the Portuguese side must once again look to sell one of their star turns with Gaitan being one of the most likely to be offloaded.

In two seasons at the Estadio da Luz the attacking midfielder has racked up 25 assists and 13 goals and has performed consistently for his Lisbon side, who last term ran arch rivals FC Porto hard before losing the domestic title race.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers may struggle to convince his American boss’s to fork out a huge sum for Gaitan, unless of course the Anfield side are still struggling at the wrong end of the table in January. The Merseyside club could well do with an injection of midfield creativity.

Man United may well see the need to freshen up a slightly brittle midfield that still depend on the old guard of Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick to a large degree. Anderson has well and truly gone off the boil, Darren Fletcher is feeling his way back after a long period out with illness and Tom Cleverley is perhaps too raw for a regular first team spot just yet.

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