Last Updated: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:47
Manchester United sent scouts to watch Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay in action on Sunday ahead of a potential £17million move.
The Argentine centre-half has been touted as the long-term successor to Rio Ferdinand and the Red Devils have been keeping tabs on the 26-year-old for some time.
United scouts were thought to have been amongst 30 club representatives at the Estadio da Luz on Sunday night as Benfica defeated Lisbon rivals Sporting 2-0.
Garay played the full 90 minutes for the Eagles and the clean sheet will have only served to enhance his standing within the United coaching staff.
Reports last week indicated the Premier League leaders had already agreed a £17million deal for Garay in principal but could face competition from Manchester City for his signature after representatives of United's local rivals were spotted in the stands on Sunday.
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