DONE DEAL: Benfica sell long time Man United target Ezequiel Garay to Zenit for €15m

Former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has pulled off a transfer masterstroke on Wednesday.

Against the odds, Zenit St Petersburg have signed long time Man United target Ezequiel Garay.

Zenit will pay Benfica just €6m for Garay as they own only 40% of the player.

Others set to scoop money from the deal are Real Madrid, who owned 50% of Garay, and third parties, who owned 10% of the player. The total deal is said to be valued at €15m.

Many Man United fans will be stunned by the fact that Garay, the Argentine international centre-half, has chosen a move to Russia over a potential move to Old Trafford. Indeed, there was once a time when the Portuguese press were writing, as gospel, that Garay had signed for Man United.

Garay has left a message for the Benfica fans, saying: “I want to thank everyone at Benfica for three magnificent years and especially the fans for all the love they gave me”.

The player has agreed a five year deal with Zenit, and he’ll join the club after the World Cup.

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