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Manchester United to offer Bebe in Nicolas Gaitan exchange deal

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Manchester United are hoping to secure the signature of Nicolas Gaitan this summer by offering Benfica the chance to sign Bebe in a player-plus-cash deal.

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The Metro cites a report in Portuguese newspaper Record that suggests the Red Devils are unwilling to meet the Argentine star's £16 million valuation, but will attempt to bring down the transfer fee by including the services of an unwanted player.

Old Trafford hope

However, Louis van Gaal's hopes of luring the 26-year-old midfielder to Old Trafford might prove to be fruitless, with Bebe's extravagant wage demands likely to price himself out of a potential switch to Estadio da Luz.

The Portuguese outcast has failed to make any kind of impact in the four years since joining Manchester United, spending a large portion of his time on loan at other clubs.

Failed to make the grade

The 23-year-old has taken in spells at Besiktas, Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira, but still has 12 months to run on the initial five-year contract he penned back in 2010.

It's not yet clear whether Jorge Jesus is keen to bring Bebe in at Benfica, but there's no doubt he'll be reluctant to lose a player as integral as Gaitan, who scored seven goals and contributed ten assists in 42 appearances for the Primeira Liga giants in 2013/14.

World Cup heartache

Despite his impressive club form, Gaitan failed to make Alejandro Sabella's 23-man squad for the World Cup this summer, and so is under no obligation to put transfer negotiations on hold, as he continues his watching brief of the tournament in Brazil.

Manchester United could face additional competition for the player from Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg, who have also been credited with an interest in the South American, with Andre Villas-Boas eager to add him to his ranks at the Petrovsky Stadium.

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