Man Utd On Verge Of £38m Signing After Holding Talks With President In Manchester
Manchester United are on the verge of completing a £38m deal to sign Victor Lindelof after holding talks with Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira in Manchester
Managers are now making moves to try and strengthen their squads during the January transfer window or next summer so we’ll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe. Today, Manchester United are linked with Victor Lindelof….
Manchester United are on the verge of completing a £38m deal to sign Victor Lindelof after holding talks with Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira in Manchester yesterday, according to a report in the Daily Star.
Lindelof came through the youth system at Vasteras SK before joining Benfica in 2011 and has established himself as an important first team player over the past year having started in all 20 of their games so far this campaign.
The 22-year-old has developed a reputation as one of the best young centre-back’s in European football and it appears his impressive form has caught the attention of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
The Daily Star are citing reports coming from Portuguese newspaper Record who claim that Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira landed in Manchester on Monday to hold formal talks with United officials after the Red Devils tabled a formal £38m offer.
The report suggests that Vieira is satisfied with the offer that’s on the table and that a deal is on the verge of being completed with Lindelof expected to be a United player during the early days of the January transfer window.
These reports are yet to be confirmed by either club, however, Sky Sports News are also reporting that United are in talks with Benfica about a potential £38m deal to sign Lindelof so it does appear that a deal is on the cards.
United are set to lose Eric Bailly for up to six weeks due to his participation in the African Cup of Nations so that could explain why Mourinho is seemingly keen to get a deal for Lindelof wrapped-up as soon as possible.
However, £38m is a huge sum to spend on a defender who’s only really been established for the past 12 months and his arrival would be a kick in the teeth for Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, who’ve both performed superbly at the back over the past few months.
Lindelof’s arrival would also cast fresh doubt over the long-term future of Chris Smalling at Old Trafford after Mourinho publicly questioned the England international’s willingness to play through the pain barrier at the start of November.
We’ll have to wait and see how things develop over the coming days and while I do think United would be overpaying at £38m, Lindelof does look to have a bright future ahead of him so he’d be an exciting addition if Mourinho manages to get a deal wrapped up.
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