Manchester United in talks to offload £7.4m flop in exchange for Argentine star


According to reports in Portugal, Manchester United are poised to sign Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan, with Bebe heading the other way.

After a dismal season at Old Trafford, new manager Louis van Gaal will be looking to overhaul the United squad. A number of positions need improving this summer, including centre back, full back and central midfield, with many of the previous incumbents simply too old or not good enough to be effective now.

That can also be said for the flanks as well, as Ryan Giggs has now retired, whilst Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Nani have all flattered to deceive over the last two seasons. Whilst the emergence of Adnan Januzaj is a welcome boost, van Gaal will no doubt be looking to bring in another winger.

A name that has long been tipped as a target for the Red Devils is Benfica's Argentine winger Nicolas Gaitan, who arrived in Portugal from Boca Juniors back in 2010. The 26-year-old missed on a place in Alejandro Sabella's World Cup squad this summer, but has been consistently excellent for Jorge Jesus' men.

This is the third summer in a row that United have been linked with a move to bring Gaitan to England, and this time they could secure the deal - by offering up Bebe in part-exchange.

The 23-year-old has made just seven appearances for United since his bizarre £7.4m move from Vitoria de Guimaraes, but impressed during a loan move back to his native Portugal with Pacos de Ferreira. 14 goals in 39 games really caught the eye, and Bebe even almost made Paulo Bento's squad for the World Cup.

It's now believed that Benfica want to bring Bebe back to Portugal for good this summer, and United are more than willing to offer him up in part exchange for Gaitan. There is no word yet on what the fee would be, but offloading a player who clearly has no future at Old Trafford in exchange for a long-term target appears to be sensible business from United and van Gaal.

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