Nicolas Gaitan Opens Up About Failed Transfer to Manchester United

​Argentinian midfielder Nicolas Gaitan is a well-known name amongst many Manchester United fans, having been heavily linked with a transfer to Old Trafford for several years without a move ever materialising.

31-year-old Gaitan has played for Boca Juniors, Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Dalian Yifang in his career but is set to become a free agent after leaving Chicago Fire at the end of the 2019 MLS season.

Despite playing for some of Europe’s most illustrious clubs, Gaitan never made it to the Premier League – although he claims he came very close.

Nicolas Gaitan

He was heavily linked with a switch to Manchester over numerous transfer windows, but a deal was never finalised. The deal was apparently so close in 2012 that news outlets, such as the Telegraph, reported that Gaitan was set to move to England for £20m, plus Fabio and Federico Macheda.

The Argentine opened up about his failed move to Old Trafford in an interview in Portuguese newspaper ​A Bola, revealing that paperwork stopped his transfer.

He said: “It [the move to United] didn’t happen because of citizenship, but now I have Portuguese nationality. It was harder because of that, it was always a dream of me to be able to play in England one day, but it hasn’t been realised so far.”

Gaitan spent six years in Portugal plying his trade with Benfica. He scored 25 goals in 152 appearances. After his move to United fell through, he moved on to Atletico Madrid, but when asked whether he would return to the Primeira Liga, he was open to the thought.

Nicolas Gaitan

He added: “Yes, of course I would, I was very happy at Benfica, I felt very comfortable at the club. But I also realise that in football it’s often not easy to make things happen. Many things must be taken into consideration. Whether the coach likes you or if you have a place in the team. 

“I have the chance to return to Boca Juniors after ten years, there is Europe, I hope I can make the best decision.”