Man United Scout £15m Argentine Centre-Back as Rio Ferdinand Looks Set for Old Trafford Exit

Old Trafford show interest in Benfica defender.

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With captain Nemanja Vidic also struggling of late with knee problems, Ferguson has already started to look at ways of freshening up his squad.

Recently, for example, Ferguson sent scouts to watch £15million-rated Argentinian defender Ezequiel Garay play for Portuguese club Benfica in games against Sporting Lisbon and Olhanense.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Man United’s defence has been in complete disarray for much of the current campaign and Rio Ferdinand has been called upon far more often than Sir Alex Ferguson would have planned. The veteran has had to step into the breach following injury issues that have left Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans out for periods of the season.

This source states that Ferdinand is on his way out at Old Trafford and that the club is now scouting former Real Madrid man Ezequiel Garay, a player who has been in excellent form at Benfica over the past 18 months.

The Argentine international struggled to retain a spot in the Bernabeu first team following his high-profile move to the Spanish giants in the summer of 2008 but left the club for Lisbon and has seen his career re-ignite at the Estádio da Luz.

Garay would probably jump at the chance of a move to Man United and his displays at Benfica must have impressed watching scouts. He has helped Jorge Jesus’s side to the top of the Primeira Liga, having conceded just eight goals in 12 games thus far this season.

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