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Manchester United beaten to long-term transfer target

Ezequiel Garay

The Football Transfer Tavern was packed this evening as Ben Jefferson from The Express brought news about more transfer disappointment for Manchester United.

Jefferson suggests that Benfica have agreed a deal with Russian side Zenit St Peterburg for Ezequiel Garay ending any hopes United had of landing the long-term target.

The 27-year-old was reportedly very close to joining the Old Trafford club during Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure, but the transfer never occurred due to various reasons.

It was thought that Ferguson’s successor David Moyes would look again at the Argentine centre back as he attempts to replace Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, who are both out of contract at the end of the season.

But according to the latest speculation, United are facing more frustration with Zenit putting together a deal worth £35 million to sign Garay and former Bolton Wanderers striker Rodrigo Moreno.

Benfica are faced with serious financial concerns and are having to sell their best players during the January transfer window with Nemanja Matic also set to join Chelsea in a £21 million transfer.

Meanwhile, Jefferson also explains to United supporters in the bar that Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini is not chasing Vidic contrary to recent speculation.

The former Manchester City boss said: “Every manager would want a player as experienced as Vidic on their team.

“He is the type of player who can really make a difference, however, I need a player who can play Champions League football.

“It doesn’t matter how good he is I need a player ahead for the Champions League urgently and as a result Vidic isn’t in our plans.”

However the Serbian could still leave at the end of season, making a centre back a transfer priority for Moyes.

Who would be the ideal transfer replacements for the seemingly outgoing Ferdinand and Vidic? Let us know your thoughts below.

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