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In focus: Nicolas Gaitan

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Gaitan has been linked with Liverpool in the past. (©GettyImages)
Gaitan has been linked with Liverpool in the past. (©GettyImages).

Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán

DOB: February 24, 1988

Height: 1m73

Weight: 67kg

Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan could be set for a January move to Manchester United, according to reports in the press this week.

The 23-year-old is highly regarded at the Estadio da Luz and has also been linked with the likes of Liverpool and Juventus in the past.

However, it is claimed, Sir Alex Ferguson is plotting a New Year bid for Gaitan in order to provide United with more creative midfield options.

Gaitan began his career with Boca Juniors and was awarded his first cap for Argentina in 2009 while he was still with Los Xeneizes.

The San Martin native scored 13 times in 82 appearances during his time at the Estadio Alberto J. Armando before he was granted an €8.4 million move to Benfica in May 2010.

Gaitan has since played 66 times for the Águias - scoring 11 times - and has 12 appearances in the Champions League to his name.

Mainly required to operate as a left-winger, Gaitan can also play through the middle when required to by Jorge Jesus.

He does, however, have stiff competition when it comes to establishing himself in the Argentina team, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria and Javier Pastore in his way.

But, regardless, Gaitan would certainly be an interesting acquisition for United should he make an eventual switch to Old Trafford.

Career stats

Boca Juniors

Matches: 82 (48)

Goals: 13

Minutes played: 4432
 

Benfica

Matches: 66 (54)

Goals: 11

Minutes played: 4596


Argentina

Matches: 6 (3)

Goals: 0

Minutes played: 294

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