Nicolas Gaitan has admitted he will listen to incoming offers for his services, having been widely linked with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea of late.
There’s been plenty of speculation bandied around concerning the possibility of the Benfica star leaving Portugal this summer, with reports emanating from his home nation suggesting that he is possessive of a release clause worth €35 million.
The player himself hasn’t yet signalled any desire to leave the Estadio da Luz in the coming weeks, but with Louis van Gaal steadily building a squad capable of pushing Chelsea for the Premier League title and also competing in the Champions League the Dutchman’s project might be one that interests Gaitan.
Indeed at any rate the Argentinian has confirmed, as relayed by Portuguese sources, that he’s ready to entertain proposals, though it’s likely not much good will come of reading into that.
Deal to consider
“I’ve been at Benfica for five years and there have been rumours of my exit for… six years," Gaitan said.
"If there are offers I’ll study them, that’s our life. But for now my focus is on Benfica.”
Having been with Benfica for five years now Gaitan is an experienced midfielder at the top level and has attracted plenty of attention over the years. With Van Gaal looking to add players with pedigree to his roster a move for the 27-year-old makes sense, and he will certainly have the funds to make the transfer possible.
Naturally there are advantages for the club in taking him onboard, though it must be said that Van Gaal would likely be better served strengthening his defensive quarter rather than worrying about the final third.
Van Gaal decision
He already boasts the likes of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Angel Di Maria as both creators and goalscorers, amongst a plethora of other talent, and Gaitan, gifted as he is, isn’t guaranteed to offer anything to the squad that Van Gaal can’t already call upon.
In contrast United’s back-line looked extremely weak at points during the last campaign, hence why David de Gea was given ample opportunity to shine.
Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans need a natural leader if any of them are to thrive at Old Trafford, whilst the uncertainty surrounding Michael Carrick’s long-term fitness would ideally be eased with the addition of another defensive-midfielder.
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