Man Utd agree deal for Benfica defender Garay

Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Ezequiel Garay from Benfica, according to the Daily Mirror. The Argentine would be the second signing of the summer for the Premier League champions.

The fee for the 26-year-old is said by Portuguese reports to be in the region of £17m and, although the formalities are yet to be completed, it is expected that Garay will follow young Uruguayan full-back Guillermo Varela into Old Trafford.

Garay began his career in his native Argentina with Newell’s Old Boys, moving to Racing Santander in Spain in 2005. He spent three years with Racing before a switch to Real Madrid but played only 31 games in his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, moving to Benfica in 2011.

To date Garay has played almost 80 games for the Lisbon club, helping Benfica to the Europa League final this season, where they were beaten by Chelsea, and winning the Portuguese League Cup in 2012.

Garay would join Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones as centre-backs available to incoming manager David Moyes, but the newspaper claims there are lingering doubts over the future of Vidic and fitness concerns over Smalling and Jones, while Ferdinand recently turned 35.

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