Manchester United send scouts to monitor Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay – report

Manchester United send scouts to monitor Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay – report

Manchester United have sent scouts to monitor Valencia’s Ezequiel Garay ahead of a potential bid for the defender, according to reports.

The Argentine, briefly managed by Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, has been subject to interest from Man United for a number of years, but no move has ever materialised.

Mourinho has already added to his defensive reinforcements this summer by signing Victor Lindelof for £31m, and it is thought that United would have to shell out around £24m for Garay’s services.

And according to Spanish media outlet Super Deporte, club representatives were present for Valencia’s 1-0 win over Las Palmas in La Liga on Friday to monitor the defender.

The 54-year-old will not make any further additions this summer – not just because Mourinho rarely splashes out during the last week of the transfer window, but primarily because he would not want to damage the current harmony existing within the squad.

He is happy with the current players at his disposal, but centre back remains a murky area that could, depending on circumstances, need addressing in January.

Nobody can say how quick it will take for Victor Lindelof to settle in at Old Trafford – if ever. Nor can anybody really predict how reliable Phil Jones and Chris Smalling – in terms of both fitness and form – will be this season.

And it remains to be seen whether Marcos Rojo, following nine months on the sidelines, can recapture the form that made him indispensable last year.

Mourinho, with this all in mind, is wise to keep an eye on several options at the back over the next few months.

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