Portuguese giants Benfica have slapped a €20 million price tag on their prized Spanish midfielder Javi Garcia. The in demand midfielder is reportedly a target of Manchester United as well as Italian champions AC Milan.
Sir Alex Ferguson got a chance to see firsthand what Garcia was capable of when United and Benfica met twice in the Champions League group stages earlier this season. Benfica eventually progressed while the Red Devils suffered a humiliating exit to the hands of Swiss side Basel to leave them playing in the Europa League.
The Mail reports that The Red Devils are now ready to offer £17million for the midfielder who joined Benfica from Real Madrid in 2009. He has been a mainstay in the Benfica squad since his arrival and has gained many admirers along the way.
Garcia, 25, has been linked with a move away from Benfica at the end of the season in recent times with many of Europe’s elite clubs registering interest in the midfielder who has yet to gain his first full Spanish cap. The player’s agent, Manuel Garcia Quillon, has tried to distance his client from any move by claiming that he has held no discussion with Manchester United, despite reports emanating from England.
“I cannot say anything, no one has talked to me,” Manuel Garcia Quillon told TSF. “There are no offers, just rumours.”
Fergie is still looking to find a long time heir to Paul Scholes and at times United have struggled in this position. There seems to be no indication as to how long Scholes will remain playing for the Red Devils so reinforcing this position is a priority. Michael Carrick has returned to maybe his best form since joining United and Tom Cleverly seems to have a big future in the game but another quality player in that position seems to be needed.
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