€30m Manchester United target Enzo Perez prefers a move to Valencia

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The Argentine international has long been a transfer target for Valencia and Manchester United.

This summer Manchester United were linked with the signature of 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 before the World Cup 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.

Now Lim is in charge at Los Che and they are certainly back in the race for the Perez. In fact they are believed to be the frontrunners once again.

The Spanish club have made no secret of their interest in the player. Sporting director Rufete made that clear last month.

This weekend gone saw Lim and representatives from the Portuguese club meet in Lisbon to discuss the deal. The two parties have good relations after recent negotiations over Andre Gomes and Rodrigo, so this was always a benefit Valencia had over United.

At the meeting, according to Marca, Valencia were informed that despite interest from United Perez had told Benfica his preference was to join the Spanish side.

However the price-tag remains a stumbling block, with Benfica demanding a fee of €30 million for his services.

At that price, for a nothing special 29-year-old, United should say you are welcome to him and bow out now.

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