Arsenal linked with €45m move for Benfica midfielder

Portuguese newspaper A Bola is linking Arsenal with a €45 million move for Argentina midfielder Nicolás Gaitán, who was a big part of Benfica team that got all the way to the Europa League final last season only to be beaten by Chelsea.

Gaitan was signed from Boca Juniors for £7.2 million in 2010, and has gone on to make 138 appearances for Benfica, scoring 18 goals and assisting a further 38. He has a release clause of €45 million which some newspapers now say that Arsenal will be willing to match, while others speculate that the Portuguese club could accept offers in the region of €25-30 million.

Gaitan has also been linked with a big-money move to Manchester United, and has been watched by United scouts on several occasions. When asked about interest from English clubs back in April his agent, Jose Iribarren, did not rule out a move to the Premier League, but also kept Serie A and La Liga open as possible destinations:

“He would love to play in England, but Spain and Italy also speak to him”

So where does this leave Arsenal? Well, I definitely don’t see us getting anywhere near his release clause, but €25 million is much more realistic when you consider the budget that Arsene Wenger has supposedly been given for the summer. However you look at it, securing the services of Gaitan would definitely be a big boost to the squad. A midfield of Cazorla, Wilshere, Gaitan, Ramsey, Rosicky, Arteta & Oxlade-Chamberlain is enough to scare any of our opponents!

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5 thoughts on “Arsenal linked with €45m move for Benfica midfielder

  1. Aziz, KL-Malaysia

    45M is utter rubbish. AW will definitely not buy at that level. You know, everyone knows, so why bringing such crap just to get people to read. Make it 4.5M for a talent then AW might even consider.

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  2. Fernando

    Yes, if you want a betterplayer than Gibbs, buy him. You cannot image how great player he is, you cannot imagine. When we were with match problems to ope any defense, here he was there. He playes in the riight in the left, as typical 10, he substitute many times Aimar, and with big success. For me, he is now the best player in Benfica. Sometimes he did not play because the coach wanted to preserve him to Champions and after Europe League. Juventus and Valencia want him too. Do tou want him in United? I think the best club for him is now Arsenal or Chesea. I can explain:Arsenal because Wenger is the best coach for him, he needs a good coach. But Chelsea, with Mourinho, will be better, because he did many good matches with Ramires (a gennious !!) and with David, and Chelsea football style is the best for him. Regards.

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