Argentina defender, Ezequiel Garay’s exit from Benfica this transfer window was no secret but it had appeared that last week, Zenit St Petersburg had won the race for his signature, with the Russian side even announcing the signing on their website. However, it is now understood that German Champions, Bayern Munich have jumped to the front of the queue with a €15 million deal.
Just over a week ago, Garay’s representative told the press that a deal to take the Argentina defender to Russia was all but completed but it would now appear that there has been a late twist.
Pep Guardiola’s, Bayern Munich have swooped and judging by reports done enough to persuade the player and his representatives that a move to Germany would be preferential.
Garay’s release clause was said to be €20 million but with just a year left on his contract with Benfica, Bayern have managed to get €5 million knocked off the price and could close, what would be a very good deal. Just over a £12 million for a first choice Argentine international and key figure in Benfica’s highly successful team would be good business.
This will obviously be a bitter blow to Zenit who had appeared to have pulled off quite a coup but at 27 years of age a move to the Russian Premier League would perhaps not have been the best move for Garay. Certainly a transfer to one of Europe’s elite clubs and a chance to win the Champions League would represent a more desirable option.