Benfica defender, Victor Lindelof, is closing in on a move to Manchester United. Portuguese newspaper, Record, are reporting that the Swedish defender will begin training under José Mourinho in January.
The report adds that Benfica President, Luis Filipe Vieira, examined Manchester United’s offer for the player in England earlier this week and was satisfied with it. The offer is believed to be around €45 million. Furthermore, the report says that Mourinho convinced United to pay well over the odds for a player who had a €30 million release clause (for Portuguese clubs).
José Mourinho was keen on signing a defender, and it seems that the Portuguese tactician has finally succeeded. Lindelof is expected to partner with Eric Bailly at the heart of United’s defence, now.
The young Swedish international has attracted a lot of attention with his performances in the Champions League and for his country. Zlatan Ibrahimović also praised Lindelof earlier this season and claimed that he is finally ready for a big club.
If Record‘s report is true, the move for Lindelof should be finalised soon. The Portuguese outlet claims that the deal is more or less completed, and Lindelof will become Benfica’s record sale, beating the fees for David Luiz, Sanches, and Matip.
It will be interesting to see how Lindelof adapts to life in England. There is no doubt that he has the talent and mentality, but he will need to adjust to the intensity in order to succeed in the Premier League.