Manchester United midfielder Anderson could be used as a makeweight in the club's bid to sign Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan, according to reports in Portugal.

TalkSPORT has revealed how Portuguese newspaper Record suggests that the box-to-box Brazilian will be offered as bait to secure the signature of the £20million-rated Argentine international, who remains United's number one target this summer.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson still holds Anderson in high regard, but will be willing to sacrifice him in order to bring Gaitan to Old Trafford, as the Champions League quarter-finalists push for the 24-year-old to be included in any potential deal.

Anderson joined Manchester United from Porto in 2007, and is still held in high regard in Portugal, despite his underwhelming displays in the Premier League over the past few seasons.

After impressing in the Champions League this year - particularly against United - Gaitan has attracted widespread interest from a host of top European clubs, but Ferguson remains the favourite to secure his signature.

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