Manchester United have completed the signing of Ezequiel Garay from Benfica, according to reports.

Spanish paper Marca claims the Red Devils have won the race for the player, agreeing a €20million fee for the Argentine international’s services.

Half of the reported fee goes to Real Madrid, who had a 50% stake in the player’s rights, with the other half going into the coffers at the Estadio da Luz.

The deal is yet to be officially confirmed by either club, but if Garay has signed for Manchester United, then he is the second signing under new manager David Moyes.

The Scot has already added Guillermo Varela to the ranks at Old Trafford, and Garay’s arrival would suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor is focusing on the Premier League champions’ defence as an area which needs strengthening.

Garay will fight for first team opportunities alongside Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling at Manchester United next season.

And, news of the English giants completing a deal for the player will be a blow to Barcelona, who were reportedly chasing the player's signature earlier in the summer.

Tito Vilanova was linked with a move for the player last month, as the Catalan giants also looked to strengthen their backline at the Nou Camp.

However, the Blaugrana may now have to take their search elsewhere in the remainder of the window, with just a month left until the start of the La Liga season.

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