The Daily Star have put a downer on Manchester United fans’ faces here in the Football Transfer Tavern as they claim the club will have to fork out at least £21.5 million to land one of their top transfer targets.
Ezequiel Garay has been a target for the Red Devils long before new manager David Moyes took the reigns and previous manager Sir Alex Ferguson was known to be a massive fan of the Argentine defender.
Now it seems Benfica are willing to stand firm on the player and not accept a penny less than their valuation of £21.5 million – a sum that United have not even offered half of in their chase for the defender.
What did seem almost a done deal this summer is turning into another nearly deal for David Moyes after United missed out on Cesc Fabreags and Thiago Alcantara, not to mention struggling to land Everton duo Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.
Garay himself, who was once looking forward to a move to the Premier League has now noted: “I am tired of the rumours. I am just focused on Benfica and I will keep working hard. I have heard nothing official from United.”
It is even claimed that the player and his wife have told their parents that they will be remaining in Portugal next season as the deal looks to be falling apart totally.