Manchester United are keeping tabs on Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia.

The former Real Madrid defensive utility, 24, has relaunched his career in Portugal with Benfica, where he has enjoyed an outstanding 18 months.

Radio Cope says his form has attracted the attention of United and AC Milan ahead of the January market.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has Javi Garcia in his thoughts as he seeks a genuine defensive midfielder after also considering Rennes' Yann M'Vila in the summer.