United ponder moves for either Gaitan or Cabaye this summer.
SOURCE: The Sunday Mirror
Manchester United head coach Sir Alex Ferguson will step up his search for a long-term replacement for veteran one-time England international Paul Scholes at the end of the season.
The Red Devils have been on the lookout for a new ball player in the centre of the park for some time now and now the Scot has narrowed his final shortlist down to two players: Newcastle United’s France international Yohan Cabaye and Benfica’s Argentina international Nicolas Gaitan.
Ferguson sent his chief scout, brother Martin, to personally run the rule over both players during Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final second leg between the Magpies and the Portuguese giants at St James’ Park.
The Benfica man is two years younger than his French counterpart at 25 years of age, while both men would cost the Old Trafford outfit somewhere in the region of £15 million as both midfield players are contracted to their respective clubs until the summer of 2016.
In terms of their respective league form, again there is nothing to chose between the pair, with Gaitan having three goals and six assists to his name this season, while Cabaye has netted six times and laid on two goals this campaign.
Either way, United would be bringing a top-level midfield replacement to Old Trafford this summer.