Ezequiel Garay is ready to reject a move to Zenit St. Petersburg because of on-going interest from Manchester United, according to reports in Portugal.
The Red Devils are believed to have a long-standing interest in the Argentine international, with the player himself claiming he would have move to Old Trafford but for reservations from new manager David Moyes.
But with Nemanja Vidic expected to depart Old Trafford in the summer and Rio Ferdinand also approaching the end of a glittering career, Moyes is on the lookout for replacements and has renewed his interest in the £25m-rated defender.
It seemed that Moyes had moved too late however, with reports claiming that Zenit had agreed a deal with Benfica for Garay but the player has given the Premier League champions renewed hope.
According to O Jogo, Garay is prepared to reject the big money move to Russia because of continued interest from Manchester United.
It leaves Benfica in a tricky position, who are keen to sell players to ease financial troubles, but also don't want to see star players leave on the cheap.
The €40m double deal for Garay and striker Rodrigo suited the Portuguese outfit but face the prospect of their players rejecting contract talks with the Russian club.
With Garay's contract up in the summer of 2015, Benfica know his value will go down if they wait to sell him in the summer. And with Real Madrid entitled to 50% of any fee for Garay, Benfica are keen to sell him for as much as possible, meaning they are desperate for a January move.