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From Portugal: Manchester United leading race to sign €30m midfielder

by Sam Peoples

Portuguese newspaper A Bola have said that Manchester United could be looking to sign Benfica’s midfielder Enzo Perez now that he has been named in Argentina’s World Cup squad.

Perez, despite being 28, currently only has six caps for Argentina so any move is made easier by his involvement out in Brazil.

Typically, Benfica have set a big €30m release clause on their midfielder, something Portuguese clubs tend to do with their players.

Perez enjoyed a good season for the Portuguese champions and became the fulcrum of the side after the departure of Nemanja Matic.

Similarly to Bastian Schweinsteiger, who Van Gaal moulded into the player he is today, Perez began his career as a winger but under Jorge Jesus, Perez has been moulded into one of the best midfielders in Portugal.

Since his move from Estudiantes in 2011 for a fee believed to be around €5.5m, Perez has scored seven goals in 53 matches, four of those last year in a great campaign.

The transformation of Perez has seen his side win the Taca De Portugal,  the Primeira Liga and the Taca De Liga, whilst finishing as runner up in the Europa League in two successive years.

United will no doubt have noticed the rise of Perez and if A Bola are correct, we are interested in bringing him to Old Trafford.

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