Ferguson eyes Argentinian defender at cut price

Ezequiel GarayManchester United have stepped up there interest in Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay after sending scouts to watch the Argentinean international last weekend, according to the Daily Mail.

The report claims United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is on the look-out for long-term replacements for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and is understood to have identified Benfica stopper Garay as a potential candidate.

The newspaper report that Fergie has already sent scouts to run-the-rule over the talented 26-year-old during Benfica’s games against Sporting Lisbon and Olhanense this season and it’s understood the Scot once again sent representatives to watch the player in action during a 2-2 draw with Porto last Sunday.

Garay has been in superb form since joining the Portuguese outfit in 2011 after two unsuccessful seasons in Spain with Real Madrid. However, the Mail claim Benfica are in financial trouble and can no longer afford to pay his wages and would be willing to sell for a fee in the region of £15m – with Madrid due 50% of any sale.

United already boast Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones at the heart of defence at Old Trafford all in-line to take over from the ageing Vidic and Ferdinand, but you can never have too many quality centre-backs and Garay could be an excellent addition if Fergie decides to follow up on his reported interest.

United’s defence has been uncharacteristically leaky this season so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Ferguson does bring in another centre back soon, but the United boss isn’t really a fan of the January window so this may be one that has to wait till the summer.



  1. Ian. I’ve begun to take the Mail with a pinch of salt – lots of speculative stuff with no solid basis in fact.

    We need one, though, ’cause Rio and Vidic are a couple of crocks and Smalling and Evans are not close to prime-time. As for Evans – he scares me to death. 😯 😯

    • @Redrich: Rio is more crocked than Vida. Vida will go on a nice long run now (I believe) with his knee trouble finally dealt with.

      I would suggest that Smalling be paired with Vida to bring him up to speed. Those two are the best partnership for the immediate future I think. Vida is still the rock of our backline.

      But Ferguson won’t give up on Evans. Ferguson probably views Evans as our number 2 CB behind Vida with Ferdinand playing a bit part role like Chicharito does in the striking department.

      A new entrant would really set Jones and Smalling back I reckon.

      Ferguson will probably try make do with Smalling, Evans and Jones.

  2. Off Topic.
    Never thought it would happen, but I actually feel a little sorry for Benitez.
    Poor bastard, not matter what he does, good or bad, the Chelsea faithful (obviously not that faithful) will always hate him, and his boss will fire him soon.

    I guess he really needed the job!

  3. So Pep takes the safe route in his next adventure – and so really it wont be an adventure after all.
    Safe and secure within the reins of Munich’s tough management system, he will offer some particular matters, but clearly, he will be encumbered by the Bundesliga’s restraints and their lack of sparkle.

    A very disappointing decision and he says it’s not about the money. Surely it’s not about the excitement of German Football.

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