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Manchester United: No Gaitan deal is in place

By Ian Herbert

Manchester United affirmed in the strongest manner possible yesterday that they have not been in discussions with Benfica over the purchase of the Portuguese club's midfielder Nicolas Gaitan.

Sources in Portugal have said that a preliminary £29.3m deal is in the offing, though United have taken the unusual step of dismissing the claims and stating that they have not discussed the 23-year-old.

Gaitan shone against United in Europe, much as Sporting Lisbon's Joao Moutinho did in 2007, and though Moutinho was then linked with a move to united, nothing materialised.

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