La Liga club confirm interest in £23.5m Manchester United target

Mestalla Valencia

Valencia want Argentina international Enzo Perez from Benfica.

This summer Manchester United were 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 United at the start of July - as Valencia increased their interest in his services.

A month beforehand 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 appeared to wane slightly and eventually Valencia's did as well - after the takeover of the club by Peter Lim was again stalled.

Manchester United have recently been linked with his services again, however Valencia are now the reported favourites in this transfer race.

The Lim takeover has now been done, with Valencia able to spend big money on players now with the new influx of revenue. One player they really want is Perez.

Today it is being reported that Valencia are willing to buy the player, with sporting director Rufete confirming the reports:

“Enzo is a player who has always appealed to the club and is a player who Valencia has to follow.”

Even Perez's reported £23.5 million release clause will not prevent Valencia from reuniting him with former Benfica team-mates Andre Gomed and Rodrigo this winter - according to reports, as United seemingly fall behind Valencia in the race for this talented wide man.

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