Deportivo La Coruna are set to complete the signing of Manchester United target Ivan Cavaleiro on a season-long loan deal from Benfica.

TalkSPORT reports how the 20-year-old forward - who has a £25.5 million buyout clause - will spend the 2014/15 campaign in Spain with the newly promoted La Liga outfit, who clinched promotion from the second tier last season.

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Cavaleiro has been previously linked with a move to Old Trafford, after catching the eye of Manchester United scouts when he impressed in Benfica's reserve side.

Talented prospect

The Portugal international scored 22 goals in 58 appearances and made his senior breakthrough at Estadio da Luz, making eight appearances for Jorge Jesus's side last term.

New Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal will probably keep a close eye on the talented youngster over the coming season before considering whether or not to pursue interest in the player's signature.

He remains under contract with Benfica until 2018, and is unlikely to be sold by the Primeira Liga champions for anything less than the release clause written into his current deal.

Bebe blocks progress

Ironically, Cavaleiro's first-team opportunities in Lisbon are likely to be restricted following the arrival of Bebe, the Manchester United flop who signed for Benfica for a cut-price €3 million fee earlier this summer.

The 24-year-old signed for the Red Devils in 2010 after Sir Alex Ferguson sanctioned his transfer without having ever seen Bebe play, and it proved to be a costly mistake after the player failed to make any kind of impact in England.

Over the past four years Bebe spent loan spells with Besiktas, Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira, before eventually earning a move to Benfica after impressing in the Portuguese league in 2013/14.

Scouting reports

Manchester United will not want to make the same error again, and so will monitor Cavaleiro's development, with the Spanish top-flight perhaps a better barometer of his suitability for a career in the Premier League.

The fact he has already featured at senior international level suggests that the Deportivo loanee has more about him than Bebe, so it will be interesting to see how his career develops and whether or not he will one day end up playing at Old Trafford.

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