Chelsea are mulling over challenging Manchester United to the signing of Nicolas Gaitan and sent scouts to watch him turn out in Portugal at the weekend, according to reports in Portugal.
The Stamford Bridge club are considering a bid for the £30million-rated attacking midfielder but will have to stave off a long-standing interest from Old Trafford, says an A Bola report being relayed by the Daily Express.
Gaitan was in the Benfica side that thrashed Academica 5-1 on Saturday at the Estadio da Luz, a win which maintained their three-point lead at the top of the Primera Liga table.
Jose Mourinho sent out Mohamed Salah out on loan to Fiorentina in January, where he has thrived, but the Express claim that the Chelsea manager wants the Egypt international to stay in Italy fro another season.
Manchester United are also mentioned as possible suitors for Gaitan's signature, though they have an abundance of attacking players on the books at Old Trafford and Louis van Gaal is expected to get further transfer funds this summer.
Is This Necessary for Chelsea?
The report suggests that Mourinho wants to increase the competition for places in the squad for the attacking players, though Gaitan will struggle to become a first team regular with the Blues.
Eden Hazard is the first name on the team sheet and Cesc Fabregas is seen as indispensable. The likes of Willian, Ramires and January signing Juan Cuadrado have all struggled to nail down a place in the starting XI.
The Argentina international is a very skilful player, however, and could provide the kind of end product that Mourinho is looking for outside of the main creators in Hazard, Fabregas and Oscar.