Mancester City are ready to outbid their city and title rivals Manchester United for the signature of 23-year old Argentine international Nicolás Gaitán, The Mirror reports.
The Telegraph and The Daily Mail reported in December that United already had a deal in place to bring in the Benfica midfielder at the end of the season, with an informal agreement being struck between the English champions and the Portugese runners-up.
The Reds have been scouting Gaitan for a long time now, however City are reportedly willing to offer Benfica more cash in a bid to lure him to the Etihad Stadium.
Gaitan is currently in his second season in the Primeira Liga, after signing from Argentine club Boca Juniors in 2010. Although he’s put in some impressive performances in the Champions League, I fail to see how he’s acquired such a hefty price-tag.
I watched Zenit St. Petersburg’s 3-2 victory over Benfica last week, and whilst he showed brief moments of class, his performance in general was fairly subdued. Whilst the conditions in Russia last week were admittedly terrible, a brief look at his stats don’t really do anything for me either.
The playmaker has only netted once this season, although his five assists in Europe makes for better reading. Still, surely a supposedly top attacking midfielder should be chipping in with more goals?
I’m sure Sir Alex’s scouts are more knowledgeable than myself, and having only seen him play once, my judgement is raw.
If it turns out that City do want him, money talks and it’s safe to assume they will get him. This could leave Fergie considering a move for his teammate Javi Garcia, a more defensively minded midfielder.
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