Friday 24 November 2017

Manchester United transfer news: 'Reds agree £21m fee for Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan'

Reports suggest Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan has agreed to join Manchester United
Reports suggest Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan has agreed to join Manchester United

Manchester United will continue their spending spree with the signing of Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan.

The Metro says that United have agreed a fee with the Portuguese side, thought to be €30 million (£21m).

Gaitan has been a long-standing target of United's and now it appears the two clubs have reached an agreement for the winger.

According to the report, Gaitan - who is still to agree personal terms - will join United once record signing Angel Di Maria's move away from Old Trafford is finalised.

United arrived in Seattle this morning on the first-leg of their pre-season tour of the United States but Di Maria will not participate in the four-game trip to the US due to his exertions with Argentina at the Copa America.

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However, it is understood that the 27-year-old and his wife, Jorgelina Cardoso, have become increasingly unhappy in Manchester and are keen to return to Spain, just a year after his arrival from Real Madrid.

Victor Valdes is staying at Manchester United
Victor Valdes is staying at Manchester United

PSG have confirmed their interest in Di Maria, who was a long-term target of the French champions last summer, but the player has identified a return to Real as his favoured option.

With Real so far showing little interest in taking Di Maria back, however, the player is likely to be left with a choice of staying at United or accepting the challenge offered by PSG.

One player who will be staying at United is goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

Valdes joined United in last season's winter transfer window but has struggled for game time behind David de Gea.

With De Gea expected to join Real Madrid, the agent of Valdes has insisted the keeper wants to stay at Old Trafford despite interest from Turkish side Antalyaspor.

Valdes has been left out of United's squad for the tour of the States, adding to speculation he could be about to leave, but Gines Carvajal says that is far from the case.

“I’ve been contacted by a series of individuals from Turkey to negotiate a move for Victor,” Carvajal said.

“But I haven’t spoken with the president of the Turkish club in question. I don’t know him. I have no plans to talk with them again as my player has no interest in a move to Antalyaspor.

“His only wishes are to remain at Manchester United and he has another year left on his contract. We don’t see any reason for him to leave the club.

“United are among the top two or three best teams in the world. Victor is keen to fight for a place next season and wants to help the club as much as he can.”

Finally, Edinson Cavani is the 'prime target' to replace Robin Van Persie at Manchester United, according to the Guardian.

The PSG forward has longed been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer and could become Louis van Gaal's No 1 player on his shortlist.

The Dutchman has also been keeping tabs on Aston Villa's Christian Benteke, but it is thought Liverpool are frontrunners to land the Belgian.

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