Manchester United have targeted Argentine anchorman Enzo Perez to instil some steel into their midfield, though they face competition from Valencia for his services.
Currently on Benfica’s books, the World Cup finalist is valued at around €30m by Jorge Jesus’ side.
Louis van Gaal has first-hand experience of what an efficient practitioner the 28-year-old is after he lined up against the Iron Tulip’s Netherlands side in the World Cup semi-final, which Argentina won on penalties.
His interest is such that bwin go 73/100 about Perez playing in the Premier League by the close of the next summer transfer window, while it’s even money that his trade is being plied elsewhere.
Jesus described the Argentine as the player he’d have the most difficulty replacing in his forever-morphing Benfica team, dubbing him the ‘brain’ of his Portuguese outfit.
The passing proficiency of the former Estudientes man quantifies this claim and it was exemplified in As Aguias’ 1-0 win over Monaco in the Champions League this week.
Deployed just in front of the back four, Perez helped his side to an all-important clean sheet, while his ability in possession contributed to breaking down a defence that previously hadn’t conceded a single goal in the competition.
No player on the Estadio de Luz pitch made more passes than the Godoy Cruz academy graduate’s 60, 85 per cent of which found their mark.
He doesn’t shirk defensive responsibilities either, averaging 2.5 tackles across his four Champions League outings so far.
With Van Gaal allegedly plotting to convert Michael Carrick into a ball-playing centre-half to ease the club’s shortage in this department, there’s a ready-made space for Perez to slot into the holding-midfield role at Man Utd if the Red Devils can fend off the player’s harem of suitors.