After the record-breaking Paul Pogba capture and high profile signings in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly, executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward has made the intent of Manchester United crystal clear.
As manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly going to fix his shaky defense this January through the signing of a top notch centre Back, money will be no problem after he has been given green light to spend the dough.
According to journalist Duncan Castles, Manchester United have started negotiations with Benfica over the January transfer of the 22 year old Swedish Centre-half Victor Lindelof. The Benfica star is said to be at the zenith of the stack of Mourinho’s defender wishlist.
Castles has also written that Benfica have slapped a whopping €50million as the transfer fee for the Swedish international. However, bucks will not be the problem as Woodward is willing to do major reinforcement and squad overhaul to make the Old Trafford club, the Galacticos of England.
Other than Manchester United, Victor Lindelof has some heavyweight suitors in Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan and the star may depart from Benfica in January, his agent Hakan Cetinkaya has disclosed. He told Portuguese daily Record: “The transfer window isn’t open yet, but Victor is already very much in demand. As a result, I’ve scheduled interviews with some of the biggest clubs in Europe to talk about his future.”
“The most important thing is for the deal to be done at the right moment. But I’m optimistic. There’s a good chance he’ll leave the club this winter. If not, it’ll be next summer.”
Fellow countryman and current Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic also was in full praise for the young defender, “I think Victor is doing great things, he is playing good for Benfica, he gets a lot of responsibility for the national team now, he is growing.”
“Is he good enough for United? I think he’s good enough for the big clubs out there. It’s up to him what he wants. Whatever he chooses will be good for him,” concluded Ibrahimovic.
Benfica initially evaluated Lindelof at €60 million. In fact, the Portuguese champions reportedly rejected an offer around €35million plus €10million in add-ons during the summer transfer window.
The 6’2” is aerially very strong, solid in defending, has already established himself as a first choice centre back in Sweden senior team. Early in his career, he also used to play as right-back and defensive midfielder, beside playing as centre-half. Such has been his impact, that Benfica has lost only one League or Cup match where Lindelof has started.
For the record, reliable journalist David Amoyal has also claimed that Lindelof could arrive at Old Trafford in January. In another news, Niklas Sule is also being scouted by United, according to reports.
Beyond doubt, the horizon looks brighter for Manchester United. It remains to see who eventually comes to the Premier League giants in January.
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