Arsene Wenger joins Sir Alex Ferguson in pursuit of talented Benfica enforcer.
Arsenal are rivaling Manchester United for Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia.
An approach from United to sign the 24-year-old in the final days of the transfer window was rejected, but it has been reported he will move to Old Trafford this summer instead.
No actual agreement is in place however, and The Times report that Arsenal have made a tentative inquiry about his availability.
Javi Garcia has become a target of many of Europe’s elite and the 24 year old may well be keen on pursuing a move away from Benfica in the summer and a move to the English top tier may tempt the £20m rated Spaniard.
Arsene Wenger may feel the addition of more steel in the Arsenal midfield is in order, despite the fact that the Gunners boss does have Cameroon international Alex Song to call upon and up and coming terrier Emmanuel Frimpong impressing greatly but perhaps the Emirates Stadium boss sees the experienced Benfica man as a player who can offer that bit more to his side.
Garcia came through the ranks at Real Madrid but struggled to get first team action at the Bernabeu in his first spell at the La Liga giants and had a little more luck when he returned after a season at Osasuna before leaving Spain for Lisbon, where his career has gone from strength to strength.
The powerfully built central midfielder is now in his third season at Benfica and has helped The Eagles to open a five point lead over arch rivals Porto whilst also booking passage into the Champions League knockout stage.
Javi Garcia is more than just an enforcer he also has good awareness and an eye for goal, notching up eight goals last term. The Benfica man is also a good distributor of the ball and rarely gives away possession.