Manchester United have big rival in race to sign Garay

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Manchester United boss David Moyes looks to face a battle to sign Ezequiel Garay, with reports suggesting that Napoli want to sign the Argentina defender.

According to talkSPORT, Rafael Benitez - an old nemesis of the Red Devils who has been in charge at Stadio San Paolo since May 2013 - is eyeing Benfica's experienced £16 million-rated centre-back as he seeks to improve his stuttering defence.

The same source further suggests that, although transfer interest in Garay from Russian giants Zenit was firmly rebuffed during the January transfer window, Benfica could now be willing to cash-in on of one their most-prized assets if they receive a suitable price.

Manchester United - who have been extensively linked with the player in recent months - will surely be hoping that they are able to successfully negotiate with Benfica over Garay and not lose out on a defender who could have a positive impact if he were to make the switch to Old Trafford.

With Nemanja Vidic set to depart for Serie A and Inter Milan this summer, David Moyes is sure to require the addition of at least one new centre-back before the 2014/15 Premier League campaign gets underway.

27-year-old Garay - who moved to the Estadio da Luz from La Liga giants Real Madrid during the summer of 2011 - has an impressive array of experience at the elite level of European football and would appear to be an excellent option for Manchester United as they seek to replace their outgoing skipper.

However, while in previous years you might have expected the club to have an advantage over the likes of Napoli in the transfer market, their disappointing 2013/14 campaign and lack of Champions League football next year could make it an interesting battle.

Manchester United fans - what do you make of Garay? Would he be a suitable replacement for Vidic? Do you feel you can beat Napoli to his signature? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box provided below...

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