Reported Tottenham and Manchester United target says move is possible

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Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan has told Portuguese TV that he could move in the future.

Nicolas Gaitan is a player long-linked with a switch to the Premier League.

The Benfica midfielder was reportedly on Sir Alex Ferguson’s wish-list before he left Manchester United. And more recently, Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with the 25-year-old.

The Spurs rumours began earlier this month, with Portuguese newspaper A Bola claiming that, “A possibility of Gaitan leaving the Stadium of Light to represent a team in England is old but still very much alive. In January Tottenham can move to action.”

Whether United remain interested given Ferguson’s departure and the emergence of Adnan Januzaj remains to be seen.

But the player himself has now gone on record to suggest a move may happen in the future.

Speaking to Benfica TV, Gaitan said, “I am very well at Benfica and happy in Lisbon. But there is always the possibility of leaving. I am still talking about it with Maxi.”

The “Maxi” to which he refers is Maxi Pereira – his Benfica teammate and a man he cites as being a big influence on his career since his move from Boca Juniors to Portugal.

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After some impressive recent seasons Gaitan is suffering a dip in form this campaign, having failed to find the net and providing just one assist in six appearances.

Perhaps he is turning the corner, as that assist – in a 2-0 win over Nacional – was the first time he completed 90 minutes since the opening day of the season.

Currently valued at around £16million, and with a contract that runs until 2016, Gaitan may merely be playing the footballer’s headline-inducing card of “not knowing the future”.

Then again, all that reported interest from England may have turned his head. It just depends if the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United feel he would add value to their current squads...and if Benfica are willing to sell.

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