Ezequiel Garay emerging as top Man Utd defensive transfer target

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is watching Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay.

The Mirror says former Real Madrid defender Garay has been identified as a potential long-term successor to Rio Ferdinand as United boss Ferguson desperately looks for a top-class replacement.

Garay has impressed United's scouts so far, and they will now consider whether he can step up to a bigger stage, having not made the grade at the Bernabeu.

The Premier League leaders will also have to overcome a potential hurdle as there is a sell-on payment due to Real and also a third-party ownership issue, making it a complex deal.

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