Real Madrid are about to profit from a reported transfer deal involving Manchester United.
The links between Manchester United and Ezequiel Garay are strengthening. While still to be confirmed by the club officially, it is being reported around Europe that the deal is almost done.
Portuguese newspaper Record reported the news early this morning that a deal has been struck between Benfica and United for the transfer of the centre-back.
And this is great news over in Spain too, for Real Madrid stand to profit from any transfer.
Spanish paper AS claim that Madrid had a whopping 50 per cent sell on clause written into Garay's contract when they sold him onto Benfica two-and-half seasons ago for just 5.5 million Euros.
Now United are said to have agreed to spend €20 million on Garay, and Madrid stand to receive half of that fee.
Garay spent two seasons at Madrid but failed to force his way into the side, which was undegoing a revolving door of managers at the time.
The 26-year-old Argentine has since been proving his class with Benfica, and has helped them five points clear at the top of the Primera Liga.
United want him as a long-term replacement for Rio Ferdinand, and as recently as midweek it was claimed that Barcelona were also tracking him as a target.
Quite how they would have felt about indirectly paying into Real Madrid's coffers is another matter, but it looks likely to remain a moot point with it appearing like the centre-back is heading to Old Trafford.
Now it's just a case of waiting for the news to be confirmed, or seeing whether the claims from Portugal have jumped the gun.
Is Garay a good potential signing for United? Is 20 million Euros a good price?
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