Manager of United’s £23.75m target hints that player may leave after weekend

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Could Manchester United seal a deal for a midfield alternative to their top targets before Tuesday?

The current manager of reported Manchester United target Enzo Perez has been speaking about the player’s future.

In the build-up to Benfica’s huge game against Sporting Lisbon, the former club’s manager Jorge Jesus is quoted as saying, “I count on him (Perez) for the Lisbon derby. Whatever happens after the match doesn’t consider me.”

Perez has been heavily linked with both United and Valencia in recent times, and would be a viable alternative if Louis van Gaal is unable to sign the likes of Arturo Vidal or Kevin Strootman.

Having shone for Argentina at the World Cup and regularly impressing in the Primeira Liga for Benfica, it would be no surprise if Perez moved on this summer.

With a reported price-tag of £23.75million, the 28-year-old would be well within United’s budget, despite the fact that they have already spent big on the likes of Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera in recent months.

Predominantly a central midfielder who can also operate from the wing or as more of an attacking midfielder, Perez would certainly improve United’s first XI; and with Strootman and Vidal seemingly going nowhere he could be the most likely alternative given that transfer deadline day is fast approaching.

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