Last Updated: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:16
Benfica are lining up a swoop for central defender Lisandro Lopez to pave the way clear for Ezequiel Garay to join Manchester United.
Reports last month claimed that United had agreed a deal in principle to take the 26-year-old Argentinian stopper to Old Trafford for a fee believed to be in the region of £17million.
Red Devils boss David Moyes, who is on Monday starting his first official day in the job since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson this summer, has been happy to follow up his predecessor's work in trying to get Garay to United as he eyes a long-term replacement for the likes of veteran central defensive duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
And it now looks like Garay will be making the move in the very near future as his current club have approached Argentine outfit Arsenal de Sarandi with a £3.5million bid to take Lopez to Portugal.
If Benfica successfully conclude a deal for Lopez then Garay could well become Moyes' second acquisition following on from the £1.5million arrival of Uruguayan youngster Guillermo Varela.
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