Manchester United have sent scouts to watch Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, with the Benfica star on Sir Alex Ferguson’s radar, according to Portugese newspaper Record.

The Argentine has made 26 appearances for Benfica, scoring seven goals, since he moved from Boca Juniors in 2010.


And the 23-year-old has reportedly caught the eye of Manchester United numerous times after making the move to Europe, though Ferguson has stepped up his pursuit of the playmaker this summer.

A United scout was reportedly at a Champions League qualifying match between Benfica and Trabzonspor two nights ago to check on Gaitan’s skills, and Ferguson is considering whether to make a move now or wait until the next transfer period.

Ferguson is no doubt trying to build on United’s midfield, particularly with Paul Scholes retiring at the end of last season. And should Gaitan become available for the right price, if United decided against purchasing Wesley Sneijder, the club will no doubt have the free money to make some buys for what they believe are tomorrow’s European talent.

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