Chelsea scouting £30m Man United target

Manchester United face a battle to land long-term target Nicolas Gaitan, with reports from The Express claiming that Chelsea had scouts watching the £30m Benfica ace over the weekend.

The Argentina international has long been considered to be one of Portuguese football’s top talents and has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford in recent times.

However, Chelsea appear keen to win the race, with Jose Mourinho having had scouts in attendance to watch Gaitan during Benfica’s 5-1 win over Academica on Saturday.

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The Blues look set to lose Mohamed Salah for at least another season to Fiorentina, so bringing in fresh options is appealing.

Benfica are known to be a side open to selling their most talented players for the right price, and bids of £30m are likely to be accepted in Lisbon.

Gaitan, 27, is a versatile attacking midfielder who is able to play in either flank or as a ‘No. 10’.