As reported by Sky Sports, Manchester United have made enquiries to Benfica about signing Swedish central defender Victor Lindelof this January.
It’s well known Jose Mourinho is seeking defensive improvements and the word is he’s willing to spend big to get at least one new man in.
Benfica’s Lindelof reportedly commands a price-tag in excess of £25m which is, while a lot of money, certainly in Man United’s price range.
It might not be so easy to have the Swede arrive at Old Trafford though. Sky Sports reckon that the Portuguese side will only sell should they falter in the UEFA Champions League and fail to qualify for the Last 16. That means Man United fans may be very interested in Benfica’s final group game at home to Napoli in December – should they lose or draw and Besiktas beat Dynamo Kiev they’ll miss out on the knockout round.
In Lindelof, Manchester United would be buying a defender that could easily end up giving them the next 10 years of his career.
He burst into the Benfica first-team last year and hasn’t looked back since, making close to 50 appearances for the Portuguese giants.
His reputation is growing in the game and international team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic (quoted by the Daily Mail) recently showered praise on the young centre-back when asked about his prospects.
Ibrahimovic said: “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.”
Lindelof is one of a number of defensive targets linked with Mourinho’s side of late but with enquiries apparently already made, he could be the man that the Old Trafford boss has decided on.