Ezequiel Garay has long been linked with a move to Manchester United. And following the news that Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand would both be leaving Old Trafford this summer the links to the Benfica defender made more sense than ever.
And yet it if the latest report is to be believed, the perennial gossip column favourite will not be moving to United this summer, but to Bayern Munich.
Argentine newspaper Clarin claims an agreement has been reached between Bayern and Benfica to bring Garay to the Allianz Arena this summer for a fee of €15million.
That would be something of a bargain considering some of the previous amounts put on the player’s head. But if Pep Guardiola has signed the Argentine international on the cheap, it is yet another sign that the Bundesliga champions could be even stronger than ever next season.
With Robert Lewandowski soon to arrive and Garay tipped to strengthen an already impressive back-line, the German side look set for another attempt at the Champions League having been soundly trounced in what many thought would be a succesful defence of the title.
As for United, they continue to be linked with a whole host of defenders – most recently Bruno Martins Indi of Feyenoord and Atletico Madrid’s Miranda – but if the latest report is true, one player they will not be bringing to Old Trafford is Garay.