Manchester United want Lindelof
Given Manchester United’s defensive shortages, Jose Mourinho is known to be in the market for a central defender.
He did manage to sign Eric Bailly from Villarreal in the summer, and while the Ivorian has proven a success so far on the pitch, his injury problems are becoming a worry.
And with Chris Smalling also missing a large chunk of the season through injury, Mourinho is keen to reinforce.
He’s been forced to use Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo in central defence – the former being very much a makeshift centre half, the latter being very unreliable.
So United have set their sights on Swedish defender Victor Lindelof, who has been impressing for Portuguese giants Benfica of late.
Jorge Mendes flies in to seal deal
And according to Portuguese paper O Jogo, the deal is nearing completion.
O Jogo claim that Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira and the player’s agent Jorge Mendes have flown into Manchester today to thrash out the deal.
The fee being mooted is £38m / 45m euros – a hefty chunk of change for a relatively unproven 22-year-old.