Manchester United have dispatched scouts to watch Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, according to reports.

Record claims Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been tracking the player since his time at Boca Juniors, where Gaitan developed before moving to Portugal in 2010.

A three-cap international for Argentina, the report claims Manchester United will continue to monitor the player ahead of a potential move in January, despite the interest being shown in the current transfer window.

David Gill confirmed that, whilst the Old Trafford outfit have already made three additions this summer, with Ashley Young, David De Gea and Phil Jones joining Manchester United, the club could still make one more move this summer.

Wesley Sneijder is reportedly the club's top target, with various reports in the British press today claiming a Manchester United offer has been accepted by Inter Milan.


Landing the Dutchman could end the interest of Manchester United in Gaitan, who also plays in the attacking midfield position.

Should the Barclays Premier League outfit fail to land a player in the playmaker position, then a Gaitan move could be on the cards in the New Year.

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