Manchester United and Tottenham scout Valencia's Ezequiel Garay - Could a move be imminent?
Valencia based newspaper SuperDeporte claim that Manchester United had two scouts and Tottenham also had a scout at Valencia’s first La Liga fixture to keep an eye on central defender Ezequiel Garay, who has previously played for the likes of Benfica and Zenit St. Petersburg.
What would he bring to the Premier League?
The 30-year-old has great experience, with 68 appearances in European competition throughout his career and a further 32 international caps for Argentina, where he has played alongside the likes of Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero.
He is also known for his focused style of defending which rarely sees him make individual errors. His leadership and concentration are real assets which see Garay often stand out as the key presence in a back line.
Furthermore, Garay is good on the ball and has an impressive range of passing for a defender. He often looks to launch counter attacks with a long ball from the back, often looking to the wings to launch a pass to play a winger into a dangerous position. That could fit in well in Mourinho’s United team.
Is a move likely?
The report states that both Manchester United’s head of scouting in Spain, Carlos Ruiz, and their chief scout, Javier Ribalta, were at Valencia’s opening day win over Las Palmas on Friday to watch Garay, which could suggest a very real and strong potential interest in the defender.
Defence is a position in which the Red Devils are already well stocked, with the likes of Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo already covering the heart of the back four. However, Garay may add experience if any of those options opt to leave the club for more regular first team football.
Spurs too seem to be covered in the position after the arrival of Davinson Sanchez, but Garay could be a long term option if they lose any of their current options with such experience in short supply in the Spurs squad.
Valencia have shown in previous transfer windows that they are often happy to sell if the right offer is on the table. Given their financial struggles this summer, they may be happy to offload the Argentinean at a bargain price if Manchester United or Tottenham do come calling at some point.
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