Manchester United are considering an emergency Janaury move for Ezequiel Garay, as Louis van Gaal tries to shore up a defence that has been undermining their significant attacking talents, despite the fact he only switched clubs this summer.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Old Trafford club sent two scouts to watch the Argentina international play for current club Zenit St Petersburg against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Wednesday.
It wasn’t the perfect audition by Garay as his side lost 2-0 away at the Bundesliga club, but the report claims that Van Gaal has been an admirer of him for some time and sees him as the ideal addition.
Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling were the centre-backs at Manchester United when the Dutchman took over and it also claims he has not been convinced by the British trio, leading him to search for a new signing.
The 28-year-old was oft linked with a switch to Old Trafford over the past year
Marcos Rojo has been playing as a centre-back so far this season, but Van Gaal sees him as a left-back in the long-term and wants Garay to come in and lead his back line.
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The 28-year-old was oft linked with a switch to Old Trafford over the past year, but this move did not materialise and he eventually joined the Russian club from Benfica this summer in a £12million deal.
Unlikely, but possible?
Despite this, the report claims Manchester United are confident a deal can be done in the coming January transfer window, though they are likely to have to pay significantly more than the fee Zenit paid for him.