Manchester United hope to complete the signing of Benfica forward Nicolas Gaitan later this week and are closing in on a £28 million deal for the Argentina international.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for the South American at various stages of the summer, with the majority of reports originating from Portugal.
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It’s claimed Gaitan, a client of super agent Jorge Mendes, has already said goodbye to his Benfica teammates and could be signed by Manchester United before their next Premier League fixture against Aston Villa on Friday night.
Gaitan would be a natural replacement for Angel di Maria, who completed his £46 million move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain last week.
Gaitan signing wouldn't make much sense
However, Manchester United fans will take this latest report with a pinch of salt - and they’d probably be wise to.
Although United lost Di Maria this summer, Louis van Gaal has options in midfield and both wings after signing the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay this summer,
Furthermore, Pedro is expected to arrive from Barcelona. The Spanish World Cup winner will have the chance to make the right-sided forward position his own.
Gaitan, for all of his qualities as a playmaker, does not appear to be an essential signing for Manchester United.
It would be a surprise if Gaitan does complete his move to Old Trafford this week, although Van Gaal may feel the Argentine is required with Manchester United now back in European competition and facing a hectic schedule over the next nine months.
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