Manchester United have taken pole position in the chase for Argentinian midfielder Enzo Perez according to talkSPORT.
Reports emerged earlier this week that Perez would join La Liga side Valencia along with team mate Nico Gaitain in January but talkSPORT suggest the Spanish side have been priced out of a move, leaving United to lead the way.
The club have been constantly linked with the midfielder for several seasons and the players reputation was done no harm when he chosen to replace current United star Angel Di Maria in the World Cup final for Argentina.
Perez also played alongside Marcos Rojo in the final and would become just the latest Spanish speaking South American at Old Trafford should any potential move materialise.
The 28-year-old has been influential for Benfica ever since joining the club in 2011 and had Valencia chiefs watching him closely at the weekend. Despite United being seemingly long-term admirers of the player, Valencia will be given hope by the fact it seems almost certain Kevin Strootman will United sooner rather than later.
But Superdeporte were the first to claim that Valencia have baulked at the £25m asking price and should Louis van Gaal decide to move for Perez, he’ll have little competition for his signature next month.