The Argentine, who caught the eye during the Aguias’ ill-fated run to the Europa League final last term, has carried his impressive form into the current campaign and as a result has been tipped for a move away from the Estadio da Luz.
However, developments on a potential transfer have been slow to come as Gaitan’s agent, Jose Iribarren, has remained hesitant to confirm concrete interest from elsewhere, whilst A Bola have suggested that the 25-year-old could extend his deal with the Portuguese giants beyond 2016 before season’s end.
And now, Iribarren has revealed that he has had no contact with interested parties, Manchester United or otherwise, noting that if a deal is to occur it must go through his client’s current employers first.
'We start from this premise: anybody who wants Gaitan must speak with Benfica', he told Tutto Mercato Web. 'Then, once the club accept the offer, they can talk to me.
'Personally, I have not spoken to anyone, as its clearly not appropriate for me to give away Benfica’s players'.
Certainly, a deal is not outside the realm of possibility, as Iribarren hasn’t chosen to categorically deny the possibility of a move, but the agent’s disposition on the matter does imply an important point.
Namely, that Benfica are not inclined to sell one of their star performers, even as they’ve been eliminated from the Champions League. Every player has his price, however, and a big money offer from the likes of Manchester United may be sufficient to see the Argentine leave the Portuguese capital for pastures new.
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