€45m winger keen on Old Trafford switch

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Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan has talked up a potential move to Manchester United during the January transfer window.

The 23-year-old has impressed all and sundry at the Estadio da Luz since joining Benfica from Boca Juniors in the summer of 2010, and has been frequently linked with a move away from Portugal.

Old Trafford has been touted as a potential destination for Gaitan, and Sir Alex Ferguson has been linked with a winter swoop for the Argentine.

However, should the United boss hope to capture Gaitan, he would have to part with €45 million in order to activate the release clause written into the player's contract.

Gaitan, meanwhile, is flattered to be linked with United, and says joining the 19-time title winners would be beneficial for both himself and Benfica.

"Ever since the pre-season, it has been said that Manchester United are following me," he told Clarin.

"Then, Benfica met United in the Champions League group stage and I did not expect that Ferguson would talk about me before and after the game.

"He said Benfica had good players and named me, which is something that makes me very happy. I did not expect to be praised by a coach like him, we all know what he represents in football.

"I am proud that one of the best clubs in the world want me, but I am only thinking about Benfica.

"If the transfer happens, it has to be good for Benfica and myself."

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