Garay can be rock-solid for Manchester United

El Loco looks at how Ezequiel Garay would be a good fit into the Manchester United defence as the Red Devils are edging closer to signing the Benfica centre half


Manchester United are said to be closing in on Benfica and Argentina international centreback Ezequiel Garay in their efforts to beef up the squad for the new season.

This is interesting development as United have signed 20-year-old Uruguayan fullback Guillermo Varela from Penarol earlier this week.

Back to the more established Garay, though.

It seems that an agreement in principle is in place between United and Benfica for the 26-year-old Garay, according to reports in Portugal.

Although veteran and former England international Rio Ferdinand has signed a one-year contract extension; he will turn 35 later this year.

Time is surely not on his side.

There are also on-going doubts over the future of captain Nemanja Vidic while Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were plagued by injuries last season.

So it is not a surprise, really, that new United manager David Moyes wants defensive reinforcements.

Garay is reported to be on his way to United, with talk of him viewing houses in the North West adding fuel to the stories.

Garay's father was giving nothing away when speaking with Lisbon reporters on Wednesday, however. This is normal as he may not want to jeopardize the 'negotiations'.

Here's a bit of background on Garay.

He was born in Rosario and started his senior playing career with Newell's Old Boys from 2004-2005.

Then he joined Spanish club Racing Santander in 2005 and played for them until 2008. He ended up with 60 matches there and scored 12 goals.

Real Madrid signed him in 2008 where he played 25 matches for the club and scored only one goal.

During his stay at Santiago Bernabeu, he was sent on loan to Santander from 2008 to 2009.

Garay joined Benfica in 2011 and has already played 51 times for them with three goals to boot.

From these statistics, it's quite clear Garay is also handy in getting goals from set-pieces simply because of his height.

He stands at 1.93m.

As an international, he made his debut with Argentina in 2007 and has 15 caps under his belt.

Of course, he was part of the Argentina team who won the Under-20 World Cup in Amsterdam together with Lionel Messi, Sergio 'Kun' Aguero and Fernando Gago around.

With his good defensive abilities and experience playing for clubs in Argentina, Spain and Portugal, Garay should be able to play a role in the heart of the United defence, if he ends up at Old Trafford.

Of course, he needs some time to fit into the United frame and adapt to English football as well.

He can turn out to be an influential figure for for the Red Devils.

Garay aside, it is good to know that Real have agreed to sign Spain Under-21 star Isco on a five-year contract pending a medical.

Isco has been linked with a high profile move, with Manchester City and Real in recent weeks.

However, Los Blancos have beaten their big spending English rivals to the signing of the Malaga playmaker.

Reports in Spain suggest the fee could be as much as £23m.

The 21-year-old Isco is expected to have his medical on Wednesday and will be presented at the Bernabeu soon after.

El Loco wrote last week that it would better for Isco to ply his trade in Spain first, before venturing to other parts of Europe like the English Premier League or Serie A.

Good for 'Isco Kid'. Can't wait to see him in action for Real.