Valencia closing on deal for Manchester United target

La Liga side Valencia are closing on a deal for Benfica midfielder Enzo Perez, recently linked with Manchester United.

Following the takeover of Singaporean business Peter Lim, Valencia are intent on re-joining Europe’s elite clubs by splashing the cash this summer.

Big names have been linked with a move to the Mestalla stadium, with Porto’s freescoring striker Jackson Martinez joined by Benfica duo Rodrigo and Enzo Perez high on Peter Lim’s wish list.

Perez, 28, is a dynamic midfielder who has attracted all sorts of attention this summer after a successful season in the Portuguese capital.

According to the Valencia newspaper Superdeporte, the Spaniards first offer of €25million wasn’t deemed sufficient and the club are fully expected to up their offer and meet the clause (€30 million) in order to get the deal done.

With the deal being guided by the renowned agent Jorge Mendes, the first major signing of Valencia’s new era appears not too far away.

Manchester United are amongst the suitors, and the Argentine international’s quality on the ball and creativity going forward makes him a fine solution to United’s midfield dilemma.

Throughout last season, the Red Devils lacked both bite and creativity in the middle of the park, and most notable was their lack of pace in stretching teams with fast, direct counterattacks.

It is one weakness which boss Louis Van Gaal needs to eradicate next season, though the look for that elusive midfielder appears set to continue as Enzo Perez edges towards a move to Spain.

Despite recently extending his contract, the Benfica star seems willing to move on and he has a €30million release clause which Valencia are ready to activate if reports are to be true.

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