Manchester United have lodged a formal offer for their long term target Nicolas Gaitan. It was back in April 2012, Jason Burt of the The Telegraph published the story that says Manchester United had agreed a deal to sign Gaitan. The deal that never happened.
After that Gaitan has been linked with United on several occasions. He was one of those players who were scouted by previous manager David Moyes.
Benfica are facing a tough task to keep hold of their star man and one of the onerous job is to review Gaitan’s contract. The work which is already been in progress is expected to take a concrete shape next week, when the player’s agent will be in Lisbon.
According to reports from Portugal newspaper Record, Manchester United had made a formal offer as well and during the negotiations, their offers as also from that of Monaco to sign the player will also be studied.
With less than couple of weeks remaining for the transfer window to close down, the chances of Gaitan staying at Benfica increases. Benfica’s president has guaranteed last week that the Argentine will only leave if any potential buyer pays his buyout clause of €45m in full.
Benfica have already received some offers, but that do not fulfil their requirements. In order to keep the player, the club is willing to renew his contract (which lasts until 2016) and increase his wages. It should be noted that, after the win in the Super Cup, Gaitan declared himself available to continue his career at Benfica.