Man United ready to arrest defensive gap with transfer swoop for Argentine ace

According to reports from Calcio Mercato, Manchester United are considering a summer transfer bid for Zenit St. Petersburg defender Ezequiel Garay.

The Argentina international measures in at 6 foot 2 and has long been regarded as one of the top centre-backs outside of Europe’s leading top flights, having previously impressed as part of Benfica’s 2013/14 Primeira Liga title-winning side.

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The 29-year-old also helped Zenit claim last term’s Russian Premier League title and showed strong form in the Champions League Group Stages earlier this season, featuring in wins over Valencia, Gent and Lyon.

The Red Devils finished the season with the strongest goals conceded record in the Premier League alongside Tottenham Hotspur, surrendering less than one goal per game.

But United’s backline still lacks a long-term partner to centre-half Chris Smalling, with utility man Daley Blind filling the void for the majority of the campaign.

That could be why the Old Trafford outfit have turned their attentions to Garay, as claimed by Calcio Mercato. Under contract until 2019, the Italian outlet believes a bid around the €25million mark could convince Zenit to sell.