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Manchester United set to secure Portuguese-based ace

garay.jpgIt’s July 1st and the summer transfer window has officially opened while players and managers make their agreed moves today. New Manchester United manager David Moyes takes charge of his new team for the first time today and upon his arrival he has been given the go-ahead to sign Benfica centre half Ezequiel Garay.

Mirror Football report that the Argentine defender will move to Old Trafford in a £17 million deal after Benfica secured his replacement in Lisandro Ezequiel Lopez from Arsenal de Sarandi who has joined the Portuguese side in a £3.2 million transfer.

This will let the Red Devils sign the former Real Madrid man with Moyes looking to add some defensive steel to the Premier League champions.

The 26-year-old endured an unsuccessful three-year spell in Spain between 2008 and 2011 but his form at Benfica has been impressive and that has led to interest from across Europe.

Everton’s Leighton Baines is also on Moyes’ wishlist and while a bid thought to be around £13 million was rejected last week, the former Toffees manager is still confident of signing the England left back this summer.

Should United make their move for the Benfica defender or do they already possess enough capable options at centre back? Let us know your thoughts below.

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