Benfica drop Nicolas Gaitan asking price to tempt Manchester United offer

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Benfica are trying to tempt Manchester United into making a bid for Nicolas Gaitan after slashing the Argentine playmaker's asking price by £8 million ahead of the January transfer window.

The Sunday Mirror reports that the Red Devils are long-term admirers of the South American star, but have previously been put off purchasing the midfielder because of his £36 million valuation.

However, the Portuguese club are ready to significantly lower their demands in a bid to encourage an offer from Old Trafford at the turn of the year.

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal will be on the lookout for further reinforcements in 2015, as he continues his major overhaul of the squad he recently inherited since taking over the Premier League giants during the summer.

But, the fact he has already recruited the likes of Ander Herrera and Angel di Maria means there are question marks over whether there would be a place for Gaitan in the Manchester United team.

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And, despite the 26-year-old's revised valuation, £28 million is still a serious amount of money to spend on a luxury player that is by no means top of Van Gaal's list of transfer priorities in the mid-season window.

Defensive reinforcements will almost certainly be the main area of the squad that the Dutch coach is looking to improve, so Benfica will hope they can lure other suitors to make offers for Gaitan in January.

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