Long term Moyes favourite lined up as bait for £20m Manchester United target

David Moyes

Ever Banega has reportedly been offered to Benfica as part of a swap package for Enzo Perez.

This summer Manchester United have been linked with a plethora of talent from around Europe - one such player being Benfica wide man Enzo Perez.

The Argentine, who played at this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil, was heavily linked with a potential £20 million move to Manchester at the start of July - as Valencia increased their interest in his services.

A month before he spoke of the interest from both clubs, stating:

"I know about their interest, I have heard about these possibilities and my agent told me about them too...but right now I want to be fully focused on the Argentina national team and on the World Cup."


United's interest appears to have waned slightly, likely to do with the extortionate price-tag the Portuguese champions have placed on their asset.

Valencia however have not, as they look to continue improving their team ahead of next season's assault on the Champions League places.

That being said, £20 million is reportedly a figure they are not willing to meet either - so a compromise may be found by adding a player into the deal, the player in question is reportedly Ever Banega.

The fellow Argentine is apparently on offer to Benfica, according to O Jogo. Banega is not in Valencia's plans, the controversial star spent last term on loan at Newell's Old Boys in his homeland.

But he is of course a player whose name should be familiar to most Premier League fans, especially those at Everton and United. Because Banega has a very big fan in David Moyes.

The ex-United boss tried on numerous occasions to sign Banega for Everton. In 2009 they even secured a Work Permit for the player - only for Valencia to pull the plug at the last minute.

In January Moyes was again linked with signing him, this time for Manchester United, to try and help his highly uncreative midfield.

Now Banega might finally be on the move, and in doing so could end United's lingering interest in another Argentine talent.

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