Last Updated: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:37
Manchester United have reportedly lined up a 25 million euros swoop for Benfica star Nicolas Gaitan this summer.
Red Devils' chief Sir Alex Ferguson has been credited with an interest in the highly-rated creative midfielder for most of this season and it now seems he is ready to step up his attempts to take him to Old Trafford as the end of the current campaign looms on the horizon.
According to the Portuguese newspaper Record, Ferguson is willing to pay 25 million euros for the Argentinean when the transfer window opens for business and Benfica's chairman Luis Filipe Vieira has already been contacted by United about a possible deal.
However, the sticking point is that Benfica have fixed Gaitan's buy-out fee at 45 million euros so United are falling significantly short of that figure.
A move could depend on whether Gaitan, who impressed against United in the group stages of this season's Champions League, pushes for a chance to ply his trade in England or if another club comes in with a rival offer which trumps what is on the table from the Red Devils.
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