In Focus: Tottenham and Man United target Garay would bring experience

According to reports on Spanish news site SuperDeporte, Tottenham Hotspur will face competition from Manchester United, Juventus and Benfica in the race to sign Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay, who is rated at €15m (approximately £13.8m) by Transfermarkt, after the four clubs sent scouts to watch the 30-year-old in action.

What’s the word, then?

Well, SuperDeporte says scouts from the aforementioned quartet watched the La Liga outfit’s opening day 1-0 win against Las Palmas at the Mestalla, with the Spanish publication believing that they could have been watching Garay, who helped his team keep a clean sheet.

While the need for Tottenham to sign a new centre-back is slightly less important now that they have agreed a deal to sign Davinson Sanchez from Ajax, the potential departure of Kevin Wimmer could see Mauricio Pochettino sign a new central defender before the window slams shut next Thursday.

Meanwhile, Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho could also look for an experienced player for his backline with Eric Bailly and Phil Jones being his preferred centre-back partnership so far this season, with new boy Victor Lindelof looking as though he could need some time to adapt to life at Old Trafford.

Why do Spurs and United want Garay?

The Argentina international only joined Valencia from Zenit Saint Petersburg last August, but he impressed in his first season with the Spanish outfit.

The 30-year-old showed his defensive capabilities by making 137 clearances and 62 interceptions in 27 La Liga appearances, while he also won 50 of the 78 headed duels he contested.

Comfortable in possession, Garay also showed how dangerous he can be at the other end of the pitch by scoring four goals.

Would he be a good signing for Spurs or United?

He certainly would be, but they would face stiff competition from Juventus if the Serie A giants firmed up their interest.

Garay has plenty of experience of playing at the top level with Real Madrid, Benfica, Zenit and Valencia previously in his career, and he would be a solid and composed addition to both Premier League teams’ backlines.

Tottenham in particular may need a more experienced head at the back should they lose the likes of Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld to injury, and the 30-year-old would be the ideal addition in that sense.

Meanwhile, Mourinho may also want a more knowledgeable player in his defence as the club returns to the group stages of the Champions League, and Garay could be the answer.