Manchester United have restarted talks with Benfica over the potential purchase of Nicolas Gaitan, and could be prepared to swap one of two players, according to reports in Portugal.
The front-page of Portuguese newspaper A Bola today relays how Louis van Gaal has not lost interest in striking a deal for Gaitan, irrespective of the fact that rumours over an imminent switch had died down.
United in for Gaitan?
In what has become a classic example of early transfer window fever United have been linked both on and off with Gaitan a number of times. Low and behold no deal has seemingly come anywhere near close to fruition, and yet speculation is still alive and well.
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The most recent offering might just be worth paying attention to - the might will come in later - as it centres around the possibility of Van Gaal offering either Rafael da Silva or Javier Hernandez in return.
Neither man has settled well since the Dutchman’s appointment last summer, with the latter having spent last season on loan at Real Madrid.
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As a consequence it wouldn’t be a terrible surprise to see both men flogged at some stage before the start of the next campaign.
Rafael was plagued with injuries last term and didn’t look to have Van Gaal’s backing when fit, with rumours abound that the United boss is on the verge of signing Torino’s Matteo Darmian as his replacement.
Meanwhile Hernandez has returned from his loan spell in Spain to minimal celebration, and if he’s still a United player past the closing of the summer transfer window it’s more than likely something has gone wrong.
Thus it’s not ridiculous to suggest either man would be served up as Van Gaal attempts to get his own transfers through the door.
However - and this is where that might I mentioned earlier comes in - the same report from A Bola supposedly states that United are only willing to make an offer of cash plus one of the aforesaid duo if they sell Angel Di Maria.
Surprised? So are we, but that’s the nature of the rumour-mill. The crux of the Gaitan negotiations is that Benfica are refusing to budge on letting him leave for less than his €35million release clause, and United obviously don’t want to meet that.
If they for some reason do offload Di Maria then they’ll have money to burn and could get rid of some deadweight in the form of either Rafael or Hernandez. Everyone’s happy, right?
United fans, do you think a belated deal for Gaitan is going to be processed this summer? Who would you choose to get rid of from the current squad? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.