Manchester United have reached a gentleman’s agreement for Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay, according to reports.
Portuguese publication Record claims that the 11-cap Argentine international will continue his career at Old Trafford, after the Red Devils beat Barcelona to land the 26-year-old.
The fee agreed is reported to be €20million – the size of the player’s minimum fee release clause – with half of the funds going to former club Real Madrid.
Garay swapped the Santiago Bernabeu for the Estadio da Luz back in the summer of 2011, and has impressed ever since in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
It’s led to interest from the Premier League, with the report claiming new Manchester United manager David Moyes is set to win the race for the player thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson’s work at the start of 2013.
Garay will follow in the footsteps of Juan Sebastian Veron, Gabriel Heinze and Carlos Tevez if he does join the English champions, becoming just the fourth Argentine to play for Manchester United.
The news will come as a blow to Barcelona, as Tito Vilanova looks to re-shape his backline at the Nou Camp. David Luiz has also been linked with a move to the La Liga champions.