Manchester United have just bid for World Cup hero – report
Manchester United hope to finalising a move for Argentina midfielder Enzo Perez. Reports suggest the club have already made a £7 million bid for the player, according to The Metro.
Manchester United have made a £7million bid for Benfica midfielder Enzo Perez and hope to finalise a deal for the player after the World Cup.
The 28 year old has attracted interest from a host of clubs after an impressive season in Portugal. Manchester United would therefore face competition to land the player, though it is believed that Perez has already turned down transfers to both Valencia and Lazio.
Manchester United £7 million offer may well be enough to convince Benfica to sell the player. But any transfer is likely going to have to wait until after The World Cup as Perez is part of the Argentina squad that has reached the final against Germany.
The 28 year old has been at Benfica since 2011 and has made over 50 league appearances in that time. He joined from Estudiantes where he also spent a short spell on loan during 2012. The midfielder has also achieved 8 full international caps for Argentina.
He has only made two appearances in the 2014 World Cup so far, but both have been in the crucial knockout stages, against Belgium and the Netherlands. Yesterday’s game has also given new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal a first-hand look at the player as he was in charge of the Dutch side.
The Red Devils appear to be on the hunt for new midfielders. They seemed interested in Spanish playmaker Cesc Fabregas but lost out in the battle to sign him to Chelsea.
They have also been linked to several other players in the same position over the last few days. The impressive Chilean Arturo Vidal has been linked with a move to Manchester from Juventus, while reports suggest Van Gaal could look to bring fellow Dutchman Wesley Sneijder with him to Old Trafford.
Angel Di Maria has also been suggested as a possible transfer target.
It is obvious that Manchester United are looking for further midfielders, and Perez could prove to be significantly cheaper than other targets, allowing the club to invest more heavily in other areas.Follow @soccersweep10