Manchester United are ready to renew their interest in Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, according to talkSPORT.

The 24-year-old Argentine international is rated at £15million, and despite being under contract at Estadio da Luz until 2016, could make his move to the Premier League in January.

It was widely reported that United had negotiated a pre-contract agreement with Gaitan in April this year - a deal that would have seen Fabio and Federico Macheda leave Old Trafford and move in the opposite direction.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson instead splashed out on the attacking additions of Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie, as Benfica held out for an exchange that involved former Porto midfielder Anderson.

The Brazilian has struggled to find his feet at Manchester United since his arrival from Portugal in 2007, and has also suffered a number of injury setbacks over the past five years. Ferguson, though, is keen to give Anderson the chance to prove his worth in a make-or-break season for the South American in 2012/13.

Gaitan's detractors hold concerns that the midfielder can go missing in big games, particularly after two less than inspiring displays against Chelsea in the Champions League knockout stage last season.

But, United are still in need of attacking reinforcements, as their search for a long-term replacement for Paul Scholes continues. And, after Luka Modric opted to join Real Madrid in the summer, they are ready to step up their pursuit of the former Boca Juniors star when the transfer window reopens next year.

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