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    United 'agree' huge Gaitan deal

    by Setanta Staff , 12 April 2012 United 'agree' huge Gaitan deal

    Manchester United have verbally agreed to sign Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan for £22million plus two young forward players in a swap deal.

    Portuguese newspaper O Jogo claims the club are ready to take Gaitan in the summer and send the Lisbon club a couple of their cast-offs with the names of Kiko Macheda, Bebe and Davide Petrucci thrown into the article.

    It is claimed that United's Portuguese scout Toninho Cruz has sent back ten reports on the Argentine midfielder while Sir Alex Ferguson has also seen him in the flesh at least twice this season, in the two clashes between the clubs.

    Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes brokered the deal alongside David Gill and the total value of the transfer is said to be worth the 45million euro release clause of the player.

    Mendes helped United seal the £7.4million transfer of Bebe from Guimaraes two years ago and it would be no surprise to see him go as a makeweight in the deal, although he is currently on loan to Besiktas who have an option to sign him for £2million.

    The report says that the deal will not be officially announced until the end of the season.

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