Manchester United have stepped up talks with Benfica to secure the signing of Ezequiel Garay
Ezequiel Garay to Manchester United
The 26-year-old Argentine international has been identified as a long-term replacement for Rio Ferdinand and United are reportedly set to offer £12.5million for Garay but Benfica are holding out for more.
Ezequiel Garay signed for Benfica for €5.5million from Real Madrid back in 2011, one factor is that Madrid still hold 50% on a future signing on fee, this is why Benfica want to raise as much money from the proposed deal.
Manchester United have twice sent scouts to watch the former Real Madrid defender and are very keen to bring him to Old Trafford at the end of the season.
According to Spanish newspaper, Marca, Garay would jump at the chance to move to Old Trafford, and an agreement between the two parties is thought to be the only stumbling block to the deal being completed.
A deal may not be able to be sorted before the end of the January transfer window but Sir Alex Ferguson will look to bring him in at the end of the season.