Ex-Liverpool defender makeweight in Atletico move for United linked Argentine

Manchester United linked Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan may be moving to Atletico Madrid.

26-year-old Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan has been linked with reported interest from Premier League giants Manchester United for over three years, but the Red Devils are yet to act on it.

The attacker scored eight goals in all competitions for Benfica last season and some of his creative and attacking play earned him a number of admirers on the continent with Atletico Madrid the latest interested party according to reports.

The La Liga champions under Diego Simeone last term are reportedly prepared to offer Benfica former Liverpool full-back Emilio Insua as a bargaining chip in their proposed deal to sign Gaitan this summer.

Atletico Madrid have reportedly already opened initial negotiations with Benfica over a deal for Gaitan and Benfica are understood to be open to a part-exchange deal letting Nicolas Gaitan leave and bring Emilio Insua in.

Insua managed just five starts for Ateltico Madrid last season and is understood to be considered surplus to requirements in the Spanish capital where he moved just last year from Sporting CP in Portugal after leaving Liverpool In 2011.

The 25-year-old left-back is a national team colleague of Gaitan’s with Argentina although neither player made it onto the pitch at the World Cup this summer.

Whilst Manchester United may have the cash to spend this summer following their announcement of a £750 million record-breaking sponsorship deal with Adidas, in this case, money might not be the only this Benfica are after.

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