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Man United Close In On £21.5m Deal to Sign Argentine International

Old Trafford side told to fork out entire amount in one payment.

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Man United are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Benfica centre-back Ezequiel Garay with just the obstacle of a payment plan standing in the way of the Argentine becoming the first high profile signing of the David Moyes Old Trafford reign according to the Daily Star.

Sources in Portugal have long termed the deal to bring in the 26 year old former Real Madrid man to the Premier League title holders as very much a ‘done deal’ but it seems that the mode of payment has caused the deal to hit the buffers.

Man United have offered £12.9m of the total of £21.5m bid up front with the rest dependent on appearances and the player’s ability to help the club to significant achievements.

Benfica are said to be angry with Man United over the break down of the overall payment for Garay and this could scupper a move to bring in the rock solid defender to beef up David Moyes’s defence.

With Nemanja Vidic suffering with injuries which have restricted his involvement in the first team over the past couple of season and with Rio Ferdinand clearly in the latter stages of his career there is room for another central defensive option, even though David Moyes can also call upon Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

Garay had an excellent season last term on a personal level, his dependable presence at the centre of the Benfica defence led to the Lisbon based side conceding just 20 goals in 30 Primeira Liga fixtures.

However Benfica saw their campaign end in fairly disastrous fashion with the league title race going down to the wire before FC Porto pipped their arch rivals to the championship. Jorge Jesus’s side also lost the Europa League final in the dying seconds of their encounter with Chelsea. To top it all off the Eagles also lost a lead to surrender the domestic cup final to Vitória Guimarães.


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