Manchester United are set to carry out a double raid of Benfica in the January transfer window, capturing both Enzo Perez and Nicolas Gaitan in the process.
This will come as a shock, with Perez reportedly set to join Valencia as of yesterday.
Reports in Portugal are now suggesting, however, that the Old Trafford club are set to get their man, and also bring a teammate from Portugal with him to Manchester.
The double swoop is expected to cost Louis van Gaal’s side a grand total of £51 million, a staggering sum, according to the Daily Star.
This suggests that there will be funds available for Van Gaal to spend in January, after an extensive summer spend that saw Man Utd assemble the most expensive squad in Premier League history.
Man Utd were held to a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Saturday, ending their run of six wins in a row in the Premier League.
Man Utd could do with more options in midfield, and Gaitan would be ideal for that. Benfica’s relationship with Peter Lim’s Valencia might make this one difficult.
Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow in their chase for Enzo Perez, with the player set to complete a huge deal.
Louis van Gaal had identified Perez as the ideal player to add to his midfield, as he searches for a box to box player who can also offer some steel in the centre of the park.
However, the player, who has been tracked by Van Gaal, is now set to sign for Valencia, according to reports emanating from Italy.
He is currently at Benfica, but the 28 year old is now expected to have played his last game for the Portuguese giants today.
Perez moved to Lisbon in 2011, joining from Estudiantes in his homeland of Argentina.
He has impressed since moving there, winning the Portuguese player of the year award in 2014.
However, he will not be bringing that impressive form to the Premier League, instead choosing to make the trip to Spain and join the impressive Valencia.
Manchester United are on the cusp of sealing a huge double swoop for Argentinian international duo Enzo Perez and Nicolas Otamendi, as reported by the Daily Express.
The Old Trafford club have been incredibly disappointing since the start of the season, despite spending significant amounts of money in the summer transfer window.
As a result, Louis van Gaal is incredibly keen to reinforce the most obviously weak sections of his squad in the winter transfer window, his defence and his midfield.
Van Gaal is known to be a huge fan of Perez, who would fit in to his preferred 4-4-2 diamond formation perfectly when lining up on the right hand side.
Valencia defender Otamendi could also move to MAnchester in the winter.
A combined move for both players will cost the Red Devils around £64 million.
It will cost £23.5 million to meet Perez’s release clause, and Otamendi will cost £40 million.