Ezequiel Garay future to be decided this week

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Manchester United and Tottenham's alleged pursuit of Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay looks set to be concluded in the next 48 hours after his agent revealed that "there will be news" by the end of the week.

The Argentina international has been heavily linked with a move to Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg and could complete a transfer to the Petrovsky Stadium - where Andre Villas-Boas is currently in charge - before the weekend.

According to the Daily Express, Zenit will pay around £16 million to lure Garay from Estadio da Luz but half of that money will go straight into the pockets of Real Madrid because of the 50 per cent sell on clause in his contract negotiated when the 27-year-old first moved to Portugal.

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Garay almost joined Zenit during the January transfer window but after a move broke down he remained with Jorge Jesus's side for the remainder of the 2013/14 campaign. However, it now looks as though the deal has been revived.

"It won't take much longer," confirmed the Benfica star's agent Rafael Zurro in an interview with Ole. "Between Wednesday and Thursday there will be news."

Interest over at Old Trafford?

Manchester United nearly signed the South American stopper this time last year, but following the appointment of David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Old Trafford the Red Devils pulled out of negotiations because the former Everton boss wasn't keen on him.

However, after Moyes was sacked after just 10 months in charge, the Premier League giants have renewed interest in the Benfica man, with new manager Louis van Gaal keen to add him to the squad he is set to inherit.

Alternative Spurs options

Mauricio Pochettino has also been mooted as an admirer of his Argentine compatriot, but the Spurs boss might have left it too late to press ahead with plans to tempt Garay to White Hart Lane ahead of pre-season.

Tottenham are now believed to be considering alternative centre-back targets and have recently been linked with a shock move for Sunderland captain John O'Shea. Cardiff City's Steven Caulker is another option but Daniel Levy won't want to pay much more than what he sold the player to the Bluebirds for this time last year.

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