For several days now, rumours have been swirling about linking Manchester United with a move for Benfica midfielder Enzo Perez, and now that chatter has been given a fresh lease of life by Portuguese paper O Jogo on Monday.
Perez, 28, is a highly rated central midfielder, and whilst not a household name for many Premier League fans, the player would be an excellent addition at Old Trafford if they able to make the deal happen.
Making the deal happen, though, seems tricky.
Enzo Perez recently renewed his contract with Benfica, in which the player committed himself to the Estádio da Luz until 2018. Moreover, the player agreed to inserting a €30m release clause in his new contract.
Despite the fresh paperwork, Spanish side Valencia are named as frontrunners in wanting to sign Perez this summer. Valencia are now cash-laden following their sale to Singapore billionaire Peter Lim, as so paying the €30m transfer fee appears highly doable.
Yet there is a hitch for Valencia. According to O Jogo, Lim’s takeover at the Mestalla is not yet 100% complete, and with funds still moving around back accounts, the Spanish outfit are not yet ready to make the deal a reality.
Thus, with a narrow window of opportunity, Manchester United are named as possibly stealing a march on Los Che to sign Enzo Perez before Valencia can get their house in order.
Enzo Perez is expected to be in Argentina’s 23-man World Cup squad in Brazil, and should the player make the cut for the Albiceleste, the a bid from Old Trafford is mooted to be in the offing by O Jogo.
(Credit to @saikat_lens for the screengrab of the O Jogo article.)