Manchester United are ready to firm up their interest in Benfica star Enzo Perez, having been impressed by positive reviews from their scouting missions on the player.
According to the Daily Express, which cites reports from Portugal, the powers that be at Old Trafford have been left suitably impressed by the Argentine since since they decided to scout him further, with Benfica’s 1-0 Champions League victory over AS Monaco having been watched over by United representatives.
United move for Perez
Earlier this week it was reported that Louis van Gaal was prepared to spend £23.5 million in order to capture Perez’s signature, with the Old Trafford boss still wanting to mould his squad after a faltering start. United spent £150 million over the course of the summer in order to buy players like Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind, and yet they remain struggling in 10th place, ten games into the season.
As such it’s been speculated in the past week that Van Gaal will look to add another central midfielder to his roster come the January transfer window, and Perez looks as though he is the next in line with regards to being pinpointed by the rumour mill.
Murmurs over a long-standing interest in Kevin Strootman appear to have dwindled given the fact that the Dutch international reaffirmed his commitment to current club AS Roma earlier this week, despite it being initially believed that United would move for him once he had recovered from the long-term injury which kept him out of the World Cup.
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The Red Devils dogged pursuit of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal seems to have followed a similar suit, as the Chile international doesn’t look likely to move clubs anytime soon. With a move for teammate Paul Pogba all but off the cards given his importance in Turin, Van Gaal’s options are far more limited than he would have liked.
That being said Perez could be an astute purchase, and he’s certainly far more cheaper than many others who United fans would be hoping to see arrive.
At 28 it’s fair to assume he’s experienced enough to stand a good chance at being able to adapt to Premier League football fairly quickly, and his position as the centrepiece of Benfica’s midfield is evidence of his ability to handle pressure.