City and United chase Gaitan

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Manchester City and Manchester United are still interested in Benfica playmaker Nicolas Gaitan, according to The Daily Mail.

The 23-year-old, who has made five assists in six Champions League games this season, has flourished in a Benfica side who lead the Primeira Liga at the half-way stage.

His performances on the continent have further impressed the Premier League pacesetters, and while a bid isn't expected in the current transfer window, both teams are reportedly keeping tabs on Gaitan.

City's interest in Gaitan was first reported by Record, claiming a scout from the Etihad Stadium had watched the Argentina international during Benfica's 2-0 win over Santa Clara.

However, it's United's interest that has been most persistent.

Gaitan was quoted earlier in the year claiming that he had already spoken with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and would welcome a move from United in this transfer window.

"Ever since the pre-season, it has been said that Manchester United are following me," Gaitan revealed.

"Then, Benfica met United in the Champions League group stage and I did not expect that Ferguson would talk about me before and after the game.

"He said Benfica had good players and named me, which is something that makes me very happy. I did not expect to be praised by a coach like him, we all know what he represents in football.

"I am proud that one of the best clubs in the world want me, but I am only thinking about Benfica.

"If the transfer happens, it has to be good for Benfica and myself."

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