Manchester United have been linked with Benfica center-back Victor Lindelof. However, there has been contrasting reports regarding the player’s future as the January transfer window approaches.
Recent reports have surfaced which claims that Lindelof’s move to Old Trafford is off. United will not make a move for the player in January. This is because manager Jose Mourinho has found his trust in the form of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, as reported by Simon Stone of BBC.
Mourinho was initially interested in the Sweden international. The 22-year-old Lindelof had all the attributes of a center-back the Portuguese manager is in favor of.
Lindelof was reportedly set to become United’s all-time expensive defender. The transfer fee would have been around $51 million.
However, the recent positive results from United seemed to have had an impact on Mourinho’s decision making. United are currently unbeaten for 11 games, one short of equaling a record set under Sir Alex Ferguson. Jones and Rojo has been given defensive duties in nine of those matches in which the pair has conceded only seven goals.
Meanwhile, O Jogo has reported that Lindelof might actually sign a new contract extension at Benfica. This will be done with an aim to make United pay more money for the player.
The Daily Mail suggests that Lindelof’s new contract will have a release clause worth $61 million for United to cough up.
A deal for the Swede will also involve his former club Vasteras, who will net in 20% from the transfer fee. This could hover around $12 million.
Henrik Larsson backs Lindelof to be a success in Manchester
While certain reports are claiming that the deal between Manchester United and Benfica could be off for Victor Lindelof, Henrick Larsson has come out to comment on the transfer. The United loanee believes that the center-back will be a success at Old Trafford.
“[Lindelof] is already playing at a high level. So he’s prepared for a club like Manchester United. He is at a club like Benfica and he is also a first choice for Sweden.” Larsson said, as reported by Mirror.
The former Barcelona and Celtic forward also thinks that being a Swedish will help Lindelof adjust in the Premier League.
“We are a very adaptable people, whether in football or any other activity.” Larsson added.
Larsson is Sweden’s legendary footballer who made over 100 appearances for the national team. The forward has scored 37 times for his country.
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