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Man Utd Trump Chelsea After Sealing Pre-Contract Agreement To Sign £38m Star
The January transfer window is now closed but we can still look at deals that failed to get across the line and those being lined-up for the summer. Today, more on the future of Victor Lindelof….
Chelsea appear to have missed out on Victor Lindelof after Manchester United sealed a pre-contract agreement to sign the Benfica defender this summer, according to a report in the Mirror.
Lindelof joined Benfica’s youth system in 2012 and has developed in to one of the most highly-rated young defenders in Europe since breaking in to their first team 18 months ago.
The 22-year-old is now a regular for the Portuguese outfit as well as with the Swedish national team and his potential caught the attention of some top clubs here in England.
The Mirror reported recently that United had been forced to step-up their interest in Lindelof after learning that Chelsea had also identified the defender as a key summer transfer target.
Antonio Conte is on the look out for a replacement for John Terry with the long-serving skipper set to end his association with the Blues this summer and it looked like Lindelof was on the Italian coaches radar.
However, it appears Chelsea have now missed out as the Mirror are citing a report coming from Italy that claims Man Utd have now also seen off competition from Roma to secure a pre-contract agreement with Lindelof.
The newspaper states that United delayed plans to sign the Swede in January and have now got a deal in place to take him to Old Trafford at the end of the season instead.
Jose Mourinho is expected to busy in the transfer market this summer as he continues to rebuild the squad he inherited from Louis Van Gaal and it looks like he’s already wrapped-up his first piece of business.
Should Lindelof arrive, he has the potential to form a superb partnership alongside Eric Bailly but he won’t come cheap as the Mirror suggest he’ll cost in the region of £38m.
It’s questionable whether that sort of money would be better spent elsewhere on the United squad because Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo have returned to excellent form in recent months while Chris Smalling is also back in favour so Mourinho already has four top quality centre-backs at his disposal.