If Manchester United are serious about signing Ezequiel Garay then he has to be summer signing number one.
He’s got to be the first player they sign because of they toy over the prospect of going for him too long, they stand to miss out on him altogether.
Reports from the Portuguese press earlier in the season had suggested that United and Benfica had already agreed a deal for the defender but news has broken since that Real Madrid will try and re-sign him in the summer.
If the links from Marca are true then that could make it very difficult for United to talk to his representatives and get a serious offer on the table, if Real Madrid manage to get in there first.
In terms of the calibre of each club, it doesn’t really matter who Garay joins because of the fact both can offer him a highly competitive pay packet and a solid chance of success on a European and domestic front.
The advantage that Real Madrid have with Garay is the fact that not only is Spain closer to Portugal than England, he’s already played for the club so he could be tempted into what would be an extremely high profile return.
There has never been anything official coming from Old Trafford which suggests United have any concrete interest in signing him so if there is any truth in the rumours, they need to get a deal thrashed out before Real Madrid can react.
United would benefit if Jose Mourinho decided he wasn’t going to stay on at the Spanish giants this summer, which would give United a window to go after Garay where Real Madrid wouldn’t have a manager.
No top European club would sanction any move for a player while that club didn’t have a permanent manager in place.
However, that’s a big if because although Mourinho has stated he sees his next job back in England, there has once again been a lack of official word coming from the Spanish club relating to his future.
There is even a good argument to suggest that United don’t really need him and that the links from Portugal were all just a publicity stunt to get various publications some exposure.
Sir Alex Ferguson is currently blessed in terms of the number of defensive players he has available and the balance the club has between youth and experience with exciting prospects like Phil Jones and Chris Smalling playing alongside the likes of Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
It’s for these simple reasons that a move for Garay seems very unlikely and now the interest from Real Madrid has hit the headlines, it could be the Spanish club that slowly replaces the current Premier League leaders when it comes to this particular player and story.
Will United go after him? Do they even need him?
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