Manchester United were frustrated over Nico Gaitan rumours

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Manchester United previously called Benfica's president as they grew frustrated over Nico Gaitan's link to the club, according to James Ducker from The Times. 

Ducker claims that David Gill, who was previously the chief executive of the Red Devils, spoke with the Portuguese outfit as he attempted to put an end to the saga. This news, of course, becomes relevant once again, with recent reports linking Gaitan with a move to Manchester. 

In fact, the Mirror recently claimed that the Red Devils and Liverpool are set to go head-to-head over the player, who has been rated at the £25 million mark.

This led Ducker to suggest that Ed Woodward - United's current executive vice-chairman - may well want to follow in the footsteps of Gill if these rumours continue to rumble on over the course of the summer. 

He tweeted: "#MUFC got so sick of past Gaitan rumours that Gill ended up ringing Benfica president to say stop it. EW might soon want to do the same."

Do they need him?

Of course, with plenty of money to spend in the upcoming transfer window, it's not entirely surprising that United have once again been linked with the Benfica man, but he certainly wouldn't come cheap as the club go about improving ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. 

At 27-years of age, Gaitan may well be hoping for a big move this summer, but it remains to be seen as to whether he will be plying his trade in England's elite division anytime soon. 

One thing's for sure, at Old Trafford, Louis van Gaal already has an array of attacking talent at the club. Gaitan, who would look to play in an attacking-midfield role, would certainly have a great deal of competition at the Theatre of Dreams, with the likes of Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata, Angel di Maria and Co. already plying their trade for the club. Memphis Depay, too, is set to arrive at the club sooner rather than later, so United certainly aren't short of quality in that position. 

Work on Di Maria

In truth, then, perhaps United should steer clear of the Argentine, instead focusing on getting the best out of his international teammate, Di Maria. The former Real Madrid man, of course, endured a tricky debut campaign on English soil, but there's no reason why he won't be able to rediscover his best form next season. 

Signings are certainly needed in Manchester, but the United boss must get them right if his side are to prove their credentials both domestically and on the European scene next term.

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