Galatasaray joined by Portuguese champions in race for Man Utd's Rafael

Benfica have joined Galatasaray in the race to sign Manchester United’s out-of-favour right back Rafael da Silva according to his agent Cassiano Pereira.

“Benfica and Man United are in negotiations over Gaitán and one offer includes Rafael to join Benfica,” Pereira was quoted as saying by the Metro.

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Last week confirmed that Galatasaray were in talks with the Brazil international who is expected to leave United following their acquisition of Matteo Darmian from Torino

Manchester United will not block Rafael da Silva’s move to Galatasaray according to sources if an agreement is reached.

Rafael is expected to miss United’s pre-season USA tour which begins today.

Galatasaray have made strengthening at right-back a priority over the summer transfer window after Tarık Çamdal failed to settle in last season.

Rafael would become the Lions third Brazilian player should he join; Felipe Melo and Alex Telles being the other two.