Manchester United close on Garay as Vidic exit looms

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic could leave the club this summer if as expected David Moyes completes a move for Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay.

26 year old former Real Madrid star Garay is being lined up for a move to Old Trafford in a £17 million pound deal and his arrival could signal the end of Vidic 7 year stay in Manchester.

Vidic struggled with injuries last season making only 23 appearances in all competitions and over the weekend was linked with a move to Serie A side AC Milan.

The Rossoneri are hoping to lure the 31 year old to Italy as they look to build a team capable of challenging Juventus for the title. AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri wants to pair the Serbian International with French defender Phillippe Mexes however talk of a move has been played down by Vidic’s agent Silvano Martina.

Speaking to Fantagazzetta Martina said “We are talking with no-one. This is all pub talk. This is the first time I heard that news and I don’t know where it came from.

“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.”

Despite being an important member of the United backline since his arrival from Spartak Moscow in January 2006 however injuries have limited his impact in the last two season leading to suggestions that new boss Moyes might be willing to part with the defender.

Argentina international Garay has been on United’s radar for a new number of seasons now and with his stock rising further after two impressive years in Portugal with Benfica.

Benfica seem resigned to the fact that Garay could move on this summer and have moved to replace him with the signing of Lisandro Ezequiel Lopez from Arsenal de Sarandi. The 23 year old is highly rated and will cost the club £3.5m

Moyes is also chasing Everton left back Leighton Baines meaning that United could start the season with a new look defence.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.