£20m long-term Manchester United target 'remains at Benfica' amid Chelsea rumours

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with Nicolas Gaitan in recent months. But his agent says no concrete offers have been received.

Chelsea have been busy little bees this week - flogging Juan Mata to Manchester United and agreeing a fee with FC Basel for the services of Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah.

But reports in Portugal and England have gone on to link them with yet another attacking midfielder type.

Chelsea have raided Benfica once this summer - to bring Nemanja Matic back to the club for the fee of £21 million.

And it was another Benfica player in the form of Nicolas Gaitan who was being linked with a move to the club - especially as Mata is outward bound and Kevin De Bruyne has already left the club.

In the past Gaitan has been heavily linked with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur - while Manchester United had reportedly ‘agreed’ to sign him for £20 million plus Federico Macheda in April 2012.

Of course that deal never happened - although in recent months the rumour mill has churned in favour of a renewed interest in the player from David Moyes.

Obviously neither of those links appear to be realistic anymore. With United signing Mata and Chelsea procuring Salah the need for Gaitan has diminished sharply - but that of course will not stop him being linked with a move this January.

But today, his agent Jose Iribaren has made it clear that his client has heard nothing from Chelsea over a potential move to Stamford Bridge, when he was pressed on the issue:

"So far, to me, there is nothing and therefore I cannot speak of a concrete situation. Nico has market but as proposals only when you get something interesting for both parties, but he remains at Benfica.”

Gaitan is therefore not on the cusp of any potential transfer - but his agent was not exactly ruling anything out either.

Liverpool have just missed out on Salah, so they could revitalise their interest but as for Chelsea and United - those deals seem unlikely.

image: © Tom Brogan

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