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Manchester United want Argentina ace despite Moyes exit

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Manchester United remain keen on signing Benfica midfielder Enzo Perez, despite last week's sacking of David Moyes, and could pay as much as €30m for the Argentina international.

That's the price United have been quoted for the 28-year-old, who was watched by Red Devils' scouts during last Thursday's Europa League semi-final first leg against Juventus.

Perez assisted the winning goal for teammate Lima, as Benfica recorded a 2-1 victory, and United could make their move for the midfielder before the start of the 2014 World Cup finals, according to O Jogo.

The Portuguese newspaper also asked Perez's ex-Estudiantes teammate Juan Sebastian Veron - who spent two years with Manchester United a decade ago - whether he felt Perez would be a good signing for the reigning Premier League champions.

"Manchester United is a massive club, which requires the maximum any player... he'll have to adapt to another city and another language," Veron told reporters. "It would be a great opportunity for him to make the leap into English football, he's the right age, he's already a mature and experienced player."

Manchester United scouts have had their eye on Benfica's matches all season, with the English club reportedly keen on several of the club's top players including star defender Ezequiel Garay.

United are pressing on with plans to sign their top transfer targets, despite the fact they have yet to appoint a permanent replacement for Moyes, with the likes of Luke Shaw, William Carvalho and Toni Kroos believed to be high on their most-wanted list.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is the current favourite to become Manchester United's next manager.

Veron quotes translated by Sport Witness.

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