The arrival of Benfica’s Ezequial Garay at Manchester United is likely to spell the end of Nemanja Vidic’s time at the club as new manager David Moyes looks to update the squad he has inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Argentine centre back has been in United’s sights since the January window and now looks set to depart Lisbon as Benfica wrapped up a deal for his replacement Lisandro Lopez.
Lopez, who signed from Argetine club Arsenal mentioned Garay specifically upon signing for the Portugese club, “I believe in my own ability and I am ready for everything, even to replace Garay.”
“I spent three wonderful years at Arsenal, I take with me very positive things.
“Now I am going to have the chance to improve my career in a European league, and that is going to give me much more experience and the chance to be recalled to the national team.
“I am just 23 years old and everything has happened very fast to me. I have to be calm and keep my feet on the ground.”
Garay is valued at about £17million pounds by Benfica but United view the signing as offering long term value and may recoup some of the outlay by moving Vidic on to one of the interested parties such as Seria A giants AC Milan.
The 31 year old Serbian’s agent has denied rumours that he wants to leave Old Trafford but the decision may be out of his hands as Moyes looks to freshen up the United squad.
“This is the first time I heard that news and I don’t know where it came from,” Silvano Martina said when asked about the rumours.
“We’re talking about the captain of Manchester United here, not just any player. Vidic has no problems with United – all the talk is hot air.”
Milan are known to be keen to take Vidic to the San Siro though if Moyes is serious about moving the 31 year old on.
Moyes officially began his tenure at United yesterday when he took his seat at the Carrington training ground for the first time.
The former Everton boss is still looking at taking Leigton Baines with him to United and is working closely on the deal to bring the left back to Manchester