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Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay is a man in demand. According to the Saturday newspapers, both Manchester City and Manchester United are keen on signing the Argentina international in January.
The Daily Mirror claims that Manchester City are keen to land Garay due to the ongoing injury concerns surrounding Vincent Kompany, while the Daily Star believes United have long been tracking the centre-back as an immediate successor for the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
However, Napoli's interest in the player—who has a £17m release clause in his contract—might force both clubs to act quickly.
Jeremy Cross writes for the Star:
Garay is regarded as a long-term replacement for Rio Ferdinand at the heart of United's defence.
Moyes was considering a move for the former Real Madrid star next summer and is not put off by the £17m release clause in his contract.
But now it has emerged Benitez has joined the race to sign Garay.
The Napoli boss is set to go on a spending spree and is plotting a move for the 27-year-old.
Former Liverpool boss Benitez, who knows Moyes well from their time together as rival managers on Merseyside, has made strengthening his defence his priority.
Moyes was planning to wait until the end of the season to make his move, but news of Benitez's interest could see him act now.
For the Mirror, David McDonnell adds:
Manchester City are primed to buy a central defender if skipper Vincent Kompany’s injury nightmare continues.
Kompany has been out of action since October 5 with a groin injury and will not resume training until next week at the earliest.
It is the second prolonged injury spell the defender has suffered this season and boss Manuel Pellegrini is poised to enter the market in January.
Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala and Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay are two names on City’s radar should Kompany’s injury jinx continue to keep him sidelined.