Thursday 22 August 2019

Benfica boss gives big hint that Lindelof's move to Manchester United is imminent

Sweden defender Victor Lindelof has been linked with Manchester United
Sweden defender Victor Lindelof has been linked with Manchester United
Benfica coach Rui Vitoria. Photo: Getty
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Benfica boss Rui Vitoria appears to have cleared the path for Victor Lindelof to join Manchester United, after his Swedish defender played what is likely to be his final game for the Portuguese club on Wednesday night.

United are believed to have struck a deal with Benfica to sign the 22-year-old in the January transfer window, with the Portuguese club reportedly agreeing a €45m deal with the Old Trafford giants for their in-demand star.

After Lindelof played in Benfica’s 2-0 win against Rio Ave, his current boss Vitoria admitted he is already thinking about how he will plug the gap left by his imminent departure.

“Sometimes players have to leave because their careers, their age, the way they are playing and developing means there will be clubs interested who can give them a different life and take them on a different path,” said the Benfica boss.

“If this happens (Lindelof’s exit) there is no need for alarm. We have solutions. We have a B team packed with great players and in the short term, some of them will be playing for Benfica’s first team.

“There are clubs who want our players because they have the quality.”

United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is not likely to recruit too many fresh faces in the January transfer window, yet he admits he ‘might sign one player’ as United prepare to put the finishing touches to the Lindelof deal.

Mourinho and United are keen to get the deal finalised quickly so that the player can take part in Premier League games early in January, as well as the club’s EFL Cup semi-final against Hull next month.

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