Ferguson ready to sacrifice Fabio and Macheda for Benfica midfielder Gaitan
Last week rumors linked Manchester United with Benfica’s midfielder Nicolas Gaitan. Now these rumors have been confirmed. According to reports from Portugal, United have agreed to sign in Gaitan in summer transfer window.
The report first came up in the Portuguese newspaper O Jogo. The report suggests that United will be paying £20 million for Gaitan. Moreover, United will also include Fabio da Silva and Federico Macheda as part of the exchange.
Sources have revealed that United are using Fabio and Macheda as makeweights in deal. Gaitan actually has £38 million release clause in his contract, which United just isn’t ready to pay.
The Daily Telegraph suggests Fabio will be sent on a one-year loan deal to Benfica. However, United will offer a permanent transfer deal for Macheda. Officials from United reckon this offer should be more than enough to satisfy Benfica’s demands.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has kept a close eye on Gaitan for the past couple of seasons. Ferguson has been patiently waiting for this transfer to happen for a long time.
The Argentina international is speculated to be a rising star with great potential. The 24-year-old has already made 6 appearances in Argentina’s star studded national squad and has shown impeccable form for his club this season.
Gaitan has appeared in 43 games to score four goals and provide 17 assists. The attacking midfielder, who can also play on either wings, is being represented by agent Jorge Mendes.
Mendes is the same guy who United conclude transfer deals that saw Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani move to Manchester United.
Losing Fabio and Macheda would be a big change in United’s squad. Ferguson has time and again praised his young defender and striker and shown intent of using them in the future, therefore this swap deal has come out as a surprise.
Ferguson seems to have given up on the unlucky Macheda, however he wants Fabio to gain experience at Benfica next season.
“Fabio will go on loan next season to give him concentrated first-team experience,” Ferguson revealed in an interview earlier this week. “We have already talked to him and he understands the value of playing regularly at a higher level than we can give him at the moment.”