2012/13 Portuguese Liga
Nicolas Gaitan made a name for himself at Argentine giants Boca Juniors, where, after progressing through the youth ranks, he earned his competitive debut in 2008.
During his two years at Boca he made 66 appearances, netting 12 times - form which soon caught the eye of teams from Europe.
Indeed, in 2010, Portuguese side Benfica swooped for his services and paid €8.4 million for him to sign a five-year contract at Estadio da Luz; the club reacting after losing Angel Di Maria to Real Madrid.
And the playmaker enjoyed a dazzling debut campaign at Benfica, helping the club lift the Portuguese League Cup while he was named Portuguese League Breakthrough Player of the Year. His statistics of nine goals and as many assists in all competitions made for impressive reading.
He continued to impress in the 2011-12 term, in particular in the Champions League where he racked up further assists, and in October 2011 his club Benfica rewarded him with a new five-year contract which boasts a £38.5 million release clause. His performances soon sparked rumours of interest from some of Europe's top clubs, including Premier League side Manchester United, who were reported to have been scouting the player for a number of months.
Strengths: The Argentine boasts excellent technique, with his first touch and vision among his many weapons, while he is swift across the turf.
Weaknesses: At 5' 8", Gaitan's lack of height could be exploited, while his wiry frame has been cited as a potential disadvantage.
Career high: Lifting the 2008 Apertura title with Boca Juniors.
Career low: Gaitan has cut a frustrated individual in terms of his international playing time and he missed out on the 2011 Copa America.
Style: Creative, classy, technical, a midfielder compared to the brilliant Juan Roman Riquelme.
Quotes: "It is certain and obvious that some clubs are interested in me and that signifies that I am doing well" - Gaitan in 2011.
Trivia: Gaitan was discovered playing futsal for local side Jose Paz by Boca Juniors talent scout Ramon Maddoni, who helped nurture the likes of Carlos Tevez, Riquelme and Fernando Gago.