AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani is eager to sign Real Madrid’s once-capped Argentinean defender Ezequiel Garay according to Madrid-based Spanish daily Marca. Milan are eyeing up potential reinforcements following a relatively poor performance in Serie A so far and a defender is said to be right up there at the top of the list alongside a new forward.
Garay, 23, only joined the Real first team this summer, he was signed from Real’s La Liga rivals Racing Santander back in 2008 but was loaned back to Racing for all of last season, and has rarely appeared for the Spanish giants this season, leading to reports linking him to a move to a host of clubs including Premiership giants Manchester United.
Real, however, are reportedly unwilling to sell him as they see the defender as good cover and his place in the squad will now surely be more assured as Portugal defender Pepe has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Garay further boosted his chances of staying at Real with a winning goal at La Mestalla against Valencia this weekend after replacing the injured Pepe. Marca quotes Galliani as saying about the proposed deal
“With Florentino Perez we always have an open line; I asked about the central defender Garay the other day but he told me ‘no’. Then yesterday the player scored a goal, I’ve given him luck.”
Galliani’s good relationship with Perez has led to the Italian believing that he can still land his man and he has not given up faith in getting the Argentinean with a loan deal reported to be the Italian club’s preference.
Garay began his career with Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina before moving to Spain to join Racing. It was there that he became one of the top defensive properties with a string of good performances and a great ability to score free kicks and penalties. Whether he will yet prove a success with Real, who he has only made 6 league appearances for to date, is yet to be seen but interest will constantly remain in the player.
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