United & Liverpool target 'wants to make history'

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Manchester United and Liverpool target Nicolas Gaitan insists that he wants to make history with Benfica before leaving the club for pastures new, according to

The 23-year-old midfielder joined the Portuguese club from Boca Juniors last year, and has developed into one of the club's key performers this campaign.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is a known admirer of the Argentine international, and is believed to have monitored Gaitan closely in Manchester United's UEFA Champions League clashes with Benfica, as he considers an attempt to bring him to Old Trafford.

However, it has also emerged that Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has also been keeping tabs on the South American star with a view to offering him the chance to join his Liverpool revolution and move to Anfield in January.

But both Liverpool and Manchester United's hopes of engineering a deal when the transfer window reopens in the New Year have been dealt a major blow after Gaitan made his intentions to remain in Portugal clear.

"The day of my arrival at Benfica, I fulfilled a dream," he told Abola. "But now things have changed and I love the club, my objective is to stay and to help my team-mates achieve big success.

"I want to make history with Benfica and to win titles. People thought that I was just the new Angel Di Maria, but in this time I have demonstrated that I am different.

"I don't get preoccupied with the rumours about links to other clubs - I am happy with the praise, but I am focussed on Benfica."

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