Manchester City could hijack Manchester United's deal for Garay

Manchester United's move for Ezequiel Garay is not done yet.

There has been a new twist in the race for Benfica target Ezequiel Garay.

It was reported on Friday by Portuguese newspaper Record that a deal had been struck between Manchester United and the Portuguese club to sign the player.

A fee of around 20 million Euros was claimed to be agreed, with the former Real Madrid centre-back targeted by Sir Alex Ferguson as a successor to Rio Ferdinand.

While official confirmation from either club has not been forthcoming, there has since been a fresh twist in the story.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola today reports that Manchester City have joined the chase, and are trying to hijack the deal.

The article linked above reports that City are to offer 17.5 million Euros for Garay's signature.

It also states that Barcelona and Chelsea remain interested. City are expected to offload Joleon Lescott in the summer and possibly Kolo Toure so bringing in a new centre-back is likely.

What we simply do not know, is where the truth lies in all this.

When United clinch a deal, they are usually quick to announce it, and the transfer window is no obstacle to this, as seen by the confirmation of Ricky van Wolfswinkel's switch to Norwich over the weekend, which will be completed in the summer.

So United fans are left waiting in limbo, to see what will happen, clearly the deal is not quite complete, otherwise rumours about City's involvement would not be circulating.

Which means there is still a chance if it is not complete that they could lose him if Benfica feel a better offer comes in.

What do you make of the reports? 

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