22-year-old Swedish international Victor Lindelof is a name Manchester United fans will be extremely familiar with given their consistent links to the centre-back over recent transfer windows and it finally seems like the Red Devils have found a breakthrough.
Despite a late rally from Italian sides, Manchester United are reported to have agreed a pre-contract agreement with Lindelof that will see the young defender arrive at Old Trafford from Benfica during the summer.
Jose Mourinho has been targeting the talented defender, who increased his reputation on the continent with a bold performance in Benfica’s 1-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, since the summer and the deal will be a major boost.
It will see United land another top-class youngster to shine alongside last summer’s recruit Eric Bailly and could be the start of another busy window for the Red Devils, who splashed a world-record fee on Paul Pogba last year.
The disappointed parties in the race for Victor Lindelof will be Serie A giants Roma, who had targeted the Swede as the ideal replacement for Kostas Manolas, whilst French champions Paris Saint-Germain had also expressed interest.
United’s deal will signify a major coup, particularly if they fail to reach the top-four, but the full details of the transfer are yet to be agreed as the Red Devils will still have to negotiate a fee with Portuguese outfit Benfica- who hold a release-clause in the player’s deal.
That figure is believed to be a whopping €45m (£38m) but The Guardian reported in December that Manchester United are confident they won’t have to match that figure fully, which could save some funds for other pursuits this summer.