Rapid Man United And Tottenham Hotspur Target Hints At Summer Move

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Pacy left-footer says he is prepared to leave Benfica if it helps the club improve its financial position.

Argentine winger Nicolas Gaitan has claimed that he “wouldn’t mind” leaving Benfica this summer.

Benfica’s finances are in a fairly poor state of affairs and the 26-year-old, who has two years left to run on his current contract, is one of the Portuguese club’s most valuable assets.

Gaitan has been linked with interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, while Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg, who are managed by former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, are also said to be keen on the player.

The Express quotes Gaitan as saying: “At the moment I am totally focussed on playing for Benfica since I have a contract with them.

“But I wouldn’t mind playing in a different league and, more importantly, to put the club first to help with their serious problems.

“Now I am talking about a purely hypothetical situation but if there is a serious formal proposal that will suit the club then I will explore all options.”

The San Martin-born star joined Benfica from Boca Juniors in 2010.

He has represented Argentina six times at senior international level, having made his debut in 2009.

Gaitan is a very direct player. He is fast and excellent at dribbling, crossing and shooting from long range.

However, the left-sided wideman is extremely one-footed and pretty poor defensively. Also, he struggles to compete in the air.

Gaitan helped Benfica reach the final of this season’s Europa League, where they were beaten on penalties by Sevilla.

Benfica won their domestic league – the Primeira Liga – for the first time in four years this term, ending FC Porto’s run of three successive titles.

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