Manchester United Miss Out on Benfica Midfielder

Manchester United have been linked with Bernardo Chua and with Enzo Perez of Benfica for the past few months. However, it appears that the English giants will miss out on the Argentine midfielder’s signature, with Valencia favorites to complete a deal in the January transfer window.

Enzo Perez has a 23 million pound release clause in his contract. Neither United nor Valencia were prepared to pay that sum, but Valencia are reported to have come to an agreement with Benfica for a lower fee.

United still retain some interest in the player, but not enough to make a formal offer. Their manager, Louis van Gaal, may believe that Perez does not fit into his plans in Manchester right now.

Despite Perez being a very competent midfielder, he may not be the one United really need. Their sights seem firmly set on Holland’s Kevin Strootman. The Roma midfielder has recently recovered from a long term knee injury, but he is a firm favorite with Van Gaal. The Dutch manager believes that Strootman could be the missing link in United’s midfield.

If Manchester United were to change their minds and sign Enzo Perez, he would join Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo as Argentine players at the club. Perez was part of the 2014 World Cup squad with Di Maria and Rojo. In fact, he earned his starting place in the latter stages when Di Maria picked up a thigh injury during the quarter finals.

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