Manchester United have reportedly rekindled their interest in Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan in the upcoming summer, after failing in their attempt to sign the Portuguese star over the past transfer windows.
Gaitan has a market value of £35 million, and Manchester United are ready to lock horn with Atletico Madrid, AS Monaco, and Zenit St Petersburg who are also keen on signing the winger. Board reportedly accept the £35m fee to bring talented winger in the summer.
According to reports, Manchester United bosses have prioritized the signing of the 27-year-old winger without considering the person who will be in charge of United’s managerial job next season.
Previously, the Red Devils were battling it out with Ah Ahli to sign Gaitan but their efforts went fruit less.
Al Ahli boss Cosmin Olaroiu revealed that the Old Trafford outfit made a £23 million bid for the player last summer which was rejected by Benfica board in anticipation of a higher bid.
In response, Al Ahli made an offer worth £27 million, which was higher than what United were offering last summer. Benfica agreed a deal with the United Arab Emirates outfit, but Gaitan was never interested in joining them and that was the reason why the deal was never sealed.
“We tabled €35m for Gaitan, which was above the €30m offered by Manchester United. We agreed the deal with Benfica, but the player turned the deal down,” Olaroiu told Romanian outlet GSP.
United have lacked a creative spark in the side since the departure of Angel di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain and are looking to alleviate the void with a move for Gaitan, who has shown an impressive form this season.