Manchester United have been told that Nicolas Gaitan will only leave Benfica in January if a club meets his €35 million release clause.
Relaying this information was Gaitan’s representative, Jose Iribarren, who is quoted by respected Portuguese newspaper Record as saying: "Whoever wants to hire you have to talk with the president of Benfica and hit the clause. He only comes out at clause value.”
The Red Devils have been strongly linked with a move for the Argentina international this month, with reports on Friday claiming Angel di Maria is desperate for his compatriot to become Manchester United’s latest big-money signing.
Di Maria wants Gaitan at Old Trafford
Di Maria reportedly feels Gaitan would be an ideal addition to the Red Devils’ already star-studded squad, and feels the exciting 26-year-old would fit in well at Old Trafford.
Incidentally, Gaitan was the player Benfica signed from Boca Juniors in 2010 to replace Di Maria, who secured a move to Real Madrid.
Gaitan a Benfica favourite
Despite being assigned the task of filling Di Maria’s sizeable boots - a daunting challenge for even the most talented of wingers - the Argentine star has flourished at the Estádio da Luz and cemented his reputation as a fan favourite thanks to his mesmerising performances.
But Manchester United could add him to their ranks in the New Year - provided they stump up the required cash.