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Manchester United close in on Nicolas Gaitan

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Nicolas Gaitan looks set to become Louis van Gaal's second signing of the summer, as reports in Portuguese newspaper A Bola suggest a deal has been agreed to bring the Argentine to Old Trafford.

The deal is thought to be for around £21 million, with Benfica looking to cash in on the midfielder who has been in superb form this season.

The 27-year old has been the side’s stand out player, finding the net four times and providing 16 assists in his 36 appearances this season.

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The deal will reportedly be finalised this weekend, as Benfica still have the Portuguese Cup final to play on Friday against Maritimo, as they look to complete the double, already winning the Primeira Liga this season.

Manchester United had been joined in pursuit of Gaitan by Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool but the Red Devils appear to have piped their rivals to the post.

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The move may pave the way for Angel Di Maria to leave Manchester, as Gaitan is a similar style of attacking player. Despite arriving under a fanfare to United in the summer, Di Maria has been inconsistent showing flashes of brilliance but perhaps disappointing the fans.

With United's style of play drawing criticism this season for being laboured and needing more pace in order to punish teams, the flair of Gaitan will be a much needed addition.

Alongside Van Gaal's first signing of the summer Memphis Depay, they should be faster on the counter attack, moving the ball with pace in a style they hope will see them challenge for the title.

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