Monaco target Nicolas Gaitan as James Rodriguez replacement

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AS Monaco will use the money generated from the sale of James Rodriguez to lure Benfica’s Nicolas Gaitan away from the Portuguese champions, reports Le 10 Sport.

The French side lost their prize asset to Real Madrid this week for over €70 million and are looking to make swift adjustments ahead of the new French Ligue 1 season which starts in four weeks time.

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With Gaitan struggling to nail down a permanent spot at Benfica, the Argentine could be tempted by a big money move and regular Champions League football which Monaco are scheduled to compete in this campaign.

A fee of €45 million is being reported by major outlets and Benfica would likely accept that sum for their 26-year-old midfielder.

Gaitan made 24 league appearances scoring four goals and featured in five Champions League games last season.

Premier League interest

The winger was linked to Manchester United at the beginning of the transfer window, but with new manager Louis Van Gaal assessing his squad over the next four weeks, a move to Monaco looks ever likely.

Benfica will be keen to sell for a big fee with Liverpool signing Lazar Markovic for €20 million. A double sell combining €65 million will allow the club to purchase new signings who can help them fend off FC Porto for the Portuguese championship next season.

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