Enzo Perez's World Cup performances alerted many of the Premier League's biggest clubs, however nobody was quick enough to lure him out of Portugal in the summer.
Ahead of the January transfer window, Manchester United looked set to swoop for the midfielder but Valencia have now come in with a higher bid, reports the Daily Express.
A reported fee of £20.5 million has been tabled by La Liga side Valencia in order to snatch the Argentine off the hands of Louis van Gaal in what will be their third highest club record signing.
The 28-year-old featured in what could to be his last game for Benfica on Thursday night as the Primeira Liga heads into its winter break, provided a club comes in to complete a deal.
Although a move to Valencia looks most likely, you cannot rule out the opportunity of a switch to Old Trafford, nicknamed the Theatre of Dreams where every player dreams to play.
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His impressive career began some 11 years ago at Godoy Cruz but enhanced his reputation while at Estudiantes, where he scored 14 goals. His outstanding talent was spotted by the scouts of Benfica who snapped him up for about £4.8 million.
Since his arrival at the Estádio da Luz, he has scored eight goals in 64 appearances for the current Europa League runners up as well as another 13 games whilst back on loan at his former club, Estudiantes.
As noted earlier, his World Cup appearances brought the horses to the lake; Manchester United and Valencia. A runners up medal also in the worldwide tournament increased his status furthermore.
With Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera already in the centre of midfield, a new addition may do the world of good to the Red Devils as Louis van Gaal looks to add the finishing touches to his idea of a "perfect" team.