Manchester United are weighing up a January move for Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia according to talkSPORT.
The 24-year-old Spaniard moved to Portugal from Real Madrid for £7million in 2009, and has gone on to become one of Benfica's most impressive prospects.
The defensive midfielder caught the eye in the recent UEFA Champions League encounter with Manchester United, and though Sir Alex Ferguson is yet to make contact with the club about a potential move, the Red Devils boss is tipped to step up his interest in January.
It is believed that United had been keeping tabs on Garcia during his second spell at the Bernabeu before Benfica stepped in.
And with his options in the Manchester United midfield relatively light, Ferguson could be ready to open the bidding at £11million.
With five goals in 50 league appearances for the Portuguese outfit, and the ability to play further up the field, the reigning Barclays Premier League champions could turn to Garcia to help fill the void left by the Old Trafford retirement of Paul Scholes last season.
The emergence of Tom Cleverley has gone some way to resolving the issue, but with the likes of Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick failing to stamp their authority in central midfield, Garcia may be handed an opportunity to make the Manchester United position his own.