With Benfica having completed at deal for Argentinian Lisandro Lopez, Ezequiel Garay will be free to sign for Manchester United.

Defender Lopez, 23, has arrived from Argentine side Arsenal de Sarandí and is already being talked about as the defender Garay’s replacement.

“I believe in my own ability and I am ready for everything, even to replace Garay,” said Lopez.

“I spent three wonderful years at Arsenal, I take with me very positive things.

“Now I am going to have the chance to improve my career in a European league, and that is going to give me much more experience and the chance to be recalled to the national team.

“I am just 23 years old and everything has happened very fast to me. I have to be calm and keep my feet on the ground.”