Man Utd Reach Verbal Agreement To Sign Argentinean Attacker In £21.1m Deal

By on August 5, 2015

With the summer transfer window in full swing, managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads ahead of the new season so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, Man Utd close in on Nicolas Gaitan…

Manchester United have a verbal agreement in place to sign Nicolas Gaitan and the attacker will play his final game for Benfica on Sunday ahead of a £21.1m move to Old Trafford, according to the Metro.

United have long been linked with Gaitan and this summer has been no different with the Metro reporting way back in May that Benfica president Luis Filipe Viera had flown to England to hold face-to-face talks over a potential deal.

The Express then carried quotes from Rafael da Silva’s agent, Cassiano Pereira, who claimed that the two clubs were in negotiations over a possible swap deal involving the Brazilian right-back.

“Benfica and Man United are in negotiations over Gaitán and one offer includes Rafael to join Benfica,” Pereira is quoted as saying in the Express

“Rafael wants to join Benfica. It’s a big European club. If the talks proceed, it won’t be difficult to reach an agreement.”

Rafael has since moved to Lyon but it appears United and Benfica have continued to negotiate a deal for Gaitan and it sounds like they may have found a happy conclusion.

The Metro are citing reports coming out of Portugal today which claim that a verbal agreement has been reached that will see the Argentinean international join United in a £21.1m deal.

The newspaper says that Gaitan will play his final game for Benfica on Sunday and despite late interest from Valencia, United have supposedly exercised their first refusal option to snap-up the talented winger.

With so much speculation circulating in the worlds media these days it’s difficult to know what to believe but these reports come just a few days after the Express claimed that United were just ‘hours away’ from sealing a deal to sign Gaitan.

The problem is we’ve heard all these rumours before and nothing has ever come of it so I’m not sure whether United have finally decided to make a move for the 27-year-old, or if his agent is just be using their name to drum up interest in his client.

If Gaitan is on his way to Old Trafford, then I suspect he would be coming in as a replacement for Angel Di Maria but it would have to cast doubt over United’s proposed move for Barcelona attacker Pedro.

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The Spaniard has also been strongly linked with a move to United [via Goal] and I don’t see Louis van Gaal signing both Pedro and Gaitan this summer, so it will be interesting to see which player eventually arrives.

I personally think this Gaitan stuff is all paper talk and fully expect to see Pedro sign for United before the transfer window closes, but I suppose you never know in football and until the window closes, anything can happen.

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  1. Spanish Red

    August 5, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Yet another verbal agreement! If it wasn’t for these the press would have nothing to report. Be careful, as Sam Goldwyn said, a verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

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  2. Franklin Bassir

    August 6, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Man U need strikers. It is with that realization that they are now making a frenzied (hope not belated) move for Harry Kane. Kane and Lacazette have been available all summer and Manu U shoppers have been wasting their time pursuing inaccessible players like Bale, Ronaldo, Muller, Sergi Ramos, Cavani etc. Otamendi is still available for the CB position

  3. micheal

    August 6, 2015 at 1:07 am

    We need a striker and a stand 5 and 4. I still don’t know why van gaal wants to sale di maria I think its a bad idea we need that champions league player in our team have him more time. Don’t sale di Maria u want to make d worst mistake

    • jeremiah

      August 6, 2015 at 11:34 am

      is a big mistake to sell Angel ,CU’s he haven’t prove his attackers wrong and mufc need him most to carry champions league.

  4. micheal

    August 6, 2015 at 1:10 am

    We need a striker and a stand 5 and 4. I still don’t know why van gaal wants to sale di maria I think its a bad idea we need that champions league player in our team have him more time. Don’t sale di Maria u want to make d worst mistake and u want young to stay nonsense

  5. Mertho Wacibra Venice

    August 6, 2015 at 5:11 am

    I’d advise Man Utd to buy both Pedro and Gaitan,because they have lost Vanpersie and Dimaria without replacement;therefore,since Pedro could also play in the attacking position,i assume he is coming to replace Vanpersie while Gaitan can replace Dimaria other wise we are having serious problem in the centre back which could be solved by Otamendi of Valenci Fc and also in the striking position which could be overcomed by Lacazette with some good backing from Chicarito(please,van Gaal Shouldn’t risk to sell Chicarito),another area of worry is goal keeping position which could be fixed by acquisition of Muslera with some good backing from Romero and Lindegaad(Man utd should reward him for his loyalty by offering him new contract) now that both Degea and Valdes are going,Johnstone should be allowed to go on loan

  6. Dominic

    August 6, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I think man u need a centre back and that should be otamendi.we also need a striker kane or lacazette.please tell lvg to seal gaitan deal,pedro deal and kand deal


    August 6, 2015 at 10:35 am

    plz LVG, buy pedro to rplace rvp,gahitan 4 dmaria & 1 center back then let chcharito stay

  8. Segun Rogxy@jos

    August 6, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    LVG should pls sign both n Gatian pedro to replace Di Maria n Van Persie , then a reliable keeper to replace De gea. Otamandi will bring solidity to united defence. Pls get him n we have full confidence of our team.

  9. Mohamed sankoh

    August 6, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I think Lvg should sing but Gatian and Pedro plz.

  10. Smart gee

    August 6, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    i would like to see both gaitan and pedro signed for a strong and most dangerous atterking option and also a strong central defender like otemendi and johnstones, and also chicharito should stay as a back up for Rooney and kane,i will like to see young sold and januzaj, mc nair go out on loan for feature use. up man u united 4 life.

  11. Lawrence

    August 6, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I wish LVG could read these comments He would Know how people feel about their teams. As for my comments, LVG should leave everything else and secure thé services of Pedro for Hé is thé only person lacking in the team presently to compete fevourably. Gaitan too, is good but only if He can afford buying them all.

    Lawrence Kyamufumba (Masaka Uganda)

  12. Bernardo Ackerly

    September 3, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Manchester United have reportedly reached a verbal agreement with Nicolas Otamendi’s agent as they look to complete a £25million deal for the player. The defender – who is currently away.

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