Chelsea enter race for major Man United Vidic replacement – report

Ezequiel Garay for Benfica

The Blues have been linked with a summer swoop for Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay – a player long linked with a move to Old Trafford.

As Benfica’s star-studded side look ready to end Porto’s reign of dominance domestically this season, it is only natural that some of their star performers are being eyed up by teams in the major European leagues.

Plenty of speculation over the futures of Rodrigo, Nicolas Gaitan, Lazar Markovic and others have been in the media over recent months. However, one Estadio da Luz star more than any other is consistently linked with a move elsewhere.

Ezequiel Garay has come into his own since moving to Portugal from Real Madrid, and looks destined to play for one of Europe’s biggest clubs.

The Argentina international has been a reported target for Manchester United for the last 12 months, and with Nemanja Vidic leaving Old Trafford this summer the current Premier League champions are widely expected to make an approach for the South American enforcer.

However, reports in the British press today suggest that David Moyes’ men will have an all-too familiar opponent in the quest to land Garay.

The Mirror state that Chelsea have been keeping tabs on the central defender and were impressed with his showing against Tottenham in the Europa League earlier this month.

The Blues have strong links to Benfica given that they have signed David Luiz and Ramires from the Portuguese side in recent times.

Whether or not the Blues will add another centre-half to their squad ahead of next season remains to be seen.

John Terry may well be ageing and out of contract, but the former England skipper is expected to pencil a new deal at the club ahead of next term.

Gary Cahill has been in fine form while Kurt Zouma is joining the Stamford Bridge club in the summer.

It may well be Luiz’s future that dictates whether the Londoners move for Garay, as the Brazilian is not as important a man under Jose Mourinho as he has been with previous managers and is consistently linked with Barcelona.

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