Manchester United have received a boost in their alleged pursuit of Eduardo Salvio after it emerged that Benfica are planning to reduce the Argentine winger's £43 million buyout clause to a much more reasonable asking price of £25 million.
According to Portuguese publication O'Jogo, the Primeira Liga champions want to extend the South American's contract at Estadio da Luz, and one of the key bargaining tools is bringing down the mouthwatering fee required for his signature.
Sport Witness reports that Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has been keeping tabs on Salvio for a number of months, whilst the Daily Mirror also suggested back in February that there is interest from Old Trafford. The 24-year-old could join compatriots Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo in Manchester.
However, the Benfica star's valuation has put pay to any plans to negotiate a potential summer transfer, so news of a possible renewal will be welcomed by the veteran Dutch coach.
Salvio's current deal with Jorge Jesus's side runs until 2017, but the longer that runs down the less money the Portuguese giants will be able to demand from prospective suitors.
Their plans to negotiate a new deal in the same way that Nicolas Gaitan penned an extension in Lisbon could well play into Manchester United's hands, particularly if they follow suit by bringing down Salvio's buyout clause.
If it matches Gaitan's renewed £25 million termination fee then Benfica will be taking an £18 million hit on what they could've potentially earned from Salvio's sale, but the reality is that no club would be willing to pay that amount.
The Red Devils might be much more open to paying a smaller - although still significant - transfer fee for the player's services, depending on which area of his squad Van Gaal decides needs most urgent attention.
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