Manchester United eye Nicolas Gaitan swap deal with Bebe

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Manchester United have reignited their interest in Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, and are trying to engineer a swap deal involving Bebe according to reports in Portugal.

Bebe has been derided as perhaps Sir Alex Ferguson's worst ever piece of transfer business in his illustrious 26 year career at Old Trafford, and has played a sum total of 74 Premier League minutes for the club since signing on the dotted line in 2010.

He's been out on loan three times but appears to have found a club that suits him in Paços de Ferreira, for whom he scored 11 league goals in 27 games last term.

Swap deal

However he may now be on his way to another club this summer if reports are to be believed, with Portuguese newspaper A Bola claiming he could be used as a makeweight in Manchester United's swoop for Gaitan. 

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The Red Devils have been linked with the Argentine for some time now, but their interest appeared to have cooled while they targeted other midfield options including the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos.

A Bola say that Bebe and an unspecified amount of money could be offered in order to tempt Benfica to sell up, and that talks began between the two clubs began around two weeks ago. They also add that that Manchester United expect to wrap up the deal shortly. 

Midfield solution?

While he may not be the big-name Manchester United fans so desperately crave, a move for Gaitan could prove to be a shrewd one. The 26-year-old has been a key player for Benfica over the past three years and helped them claim the treble last term - now may be the right time to move on having achieved all he can in Portugal.

One slight cause for concern for the Red Devils is that while he started his career in a central role, he's been used on the left wing for Benfica recently, cutting infield whenever possible to try and influence games.

In that respect he's not the solution to their midfield headache, but he would certainly be an improvement on the options they have in wide positions.

Tottenham have also been linked with Gaitan in recent weeks, although it would appear as though Manchester United have the upper hand.

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