Premier League leaders,Chelsea are set to take on Manchester United in the race to sign SL Benfica centre-back, Ezequiel Garay.
Both clubs sent scouts to watch the Argentine international in action in Thursday night’s Europa League tie against Tottenham Hotspur,according to the Daily Mirror.
Sources reveal the clubs representatives were highly impressed with what they saw, with Garay leading the back-line at the heart of defence alongside Luisao.
He also scored a thumping header to open the scoring for the Portuguese side, and helped them in their aggregate win against Spurs and advanced to the quarter-finals.
Chelsea have veteran John Terry and Gary Cahill in central defence, whereas Jose Mourinho prefers Serbian star Branislav Ivanovic at right-back and Brazilian David Luiz mainly floating between holding midfield and central defence.
They need more depth in the central defensive area and Garay would be the perfect choice while youngster, Kurt Zouma is set to join the squad in the summer.
Nemanja Vidic as well as Rio Ferdinand are set to leave after their impressive spells at Old Trafford, and with younger prodigies like Phil Jones,Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans at his disposal, David Moyes will look for an experienced centre-back and have zeroed in on Ezequiel Garay.
Linked with Manchester United in the past, Garay was praised by Sir Alex Ferguson, then in-charge of the Red Devils, while the 27-year-old also expressed his disappointment of a possible deal falling through at Old Trafford last summer.
An ‘Old-School’ style centre-back, Garay’s distribution skills, his positioning as well as his tactical awareness has impressed many.
The former Real Madrid man,has an average of 38 appearances for the Primeira Liga outfit in three seasons at Benfica and scored a club career total of 29 goals.
But, with Manchester United close to losing Champions League football next season, and Chelsea involved in European competition and competing for the league title, it remains to be seen where the talented defender ends up as he decides to call time at Estadio da Luz.
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