Ezequiel Garay and Manchester United – will they…or won’t they?
That is the question fans have been asking for quite some time, with the Benfica defender regularly linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Following the news that Nemanja Vidic will depart at the end of the current campaign, and with doubt remaining over the future of Rio Ferdinand, David Moyes will almost certainly require at least one new experienced central defender to compliment his younger trio of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans.
But for a while it appeared that man would not be Garay, with Zenit St. Petersburg reportedly desperate to bring the Argentine to Russia.
With their transfer window not yet closed, it had been reported that Garay could still depart this month, thus scuppering any potential move to United (at least in the short term).
But now Portuguese newspaper A Bola reports that Garay is staying put until the summer, at which point he will have just a year remaining on his current contract and the rumours will no doubt start all over again.
The latest report claims that the president of Benfica, Luis Filipe Vieira, is committed to resisting any offer from Zenit in what remains of the Russian transfer window.
“The presence of the Argentine until the end of the season is more important than any business that can strengthen or weaken Jorge Jesus’ team,” states the report.
And with Benfica currently at the top of the Primeira Liga, they would be wise to keep hold of every member of their team as they attempt to hold off the win-threat of FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon.
And then? Well, Garay is exactly the type of player Moyes needs. And if he does not head to Russia in the coming days, the United boss could just get him.
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