Report: Liverpool could swoop for £16m Manchester Utd target

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Liverpool have taken an interest in Manchester United transfer target Nicolas Gaitan, according to reports.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, November 22, 2011: SL Benfica's Pablo Aimar celebrates scoring the second goal against Manchester United with Nicolas Gaitan during the UEFA Champions League Group C match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Gaitan celebrates scoring at Old Trafford. Pic: David Rawcliffe/Propaganda

After missing out on several wingers in the last two transfer windows, the Reds will be keen to add to their attacking array of players this summer.

The 26-year-old Argentinian winger has been linked with a move to Manchester United for a while, but their expected failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League could end any potential deal they’d hoped to make.

Gaitan has shone for Portuguese side Benfica since joining from Boca Juniors in 2010. He’s scored 15 goals in 92 Taca da Liga appearances, and helping his side to championship titles in 2011 and 2012.

Radio station talkSPORT report on Tuesday:

Liverpool have scouted him during some of Benfica’s domestic and European fixtures this year and will continue to keep an eye on him until the end of the season.

Liverpool’s scouts will have been impressed if they saw Gaitan score this wonderfully dinked free-kick against PAOK in the Europa League last week:

Having missed out on signing Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka in the January transfer window, Brendan Rodgers will be hoping Gaitan doesn’t slip through the club’s fingers.

However, with Tottenham watching Liverpool’s transfer activity like hawks, just like Konoplyanka playing for Dnipro in the Europa League against Spurs last week, Gaitan is set to face Tim Sherwood’s men for Benfica in the next round.

talkSPORT add that Benfica will be “unwilling to accept any offers below £16million” for Gaitan, who has won 6 caps for Argentina since making his debut against Ghana in 2009.

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