Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho appears to have ruled out a move to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof in the January transfer window - yet fresh reports claim an obstacle that was blocking the potential deal has been removed.
Benfica have been in dispute with Lindelof’s former club Vasteras over payments that are due to be paid if the Swedish defender makes a big-money move this month, but Vasteras Presdident Bengt-Ake Nilsson has revealed the dispute has been resolved after talks between the two clubs.
“We have an agreement with Benfica, we no longer have problems with them,” he told Portuguese publication O Jogo, as quoted by the Daily Star.
“They [Benfica] accepted the terms of the document we sent five days ago, the question is settled The agreement is good for us.”
The fact that Nilsson has been in talks Benfica to try and iron out the payment dispute would suggest that the persistent reports of United's interest in Lindelof remains, even though Mourinho has hinted he will not sign any more defenders in this transfer window.
With Eric Bailly on international duty with Ivory Coast for the next few weeks, United appear to be short on defensive numbers, but Mourinho is content with the options at his disposal.
“I wait for Bailly. I hope the three can control the situation in those eight matches,” the United boss stated on Friday, as he confirmed he has no plans to sign a defender in this transfer window.
“I will try to rest one in every game. On Saturday I will rest one, against Hull another - and we’ll try to make a rotation between these three.
“We still have Daley Blind as the fourth defender in case we need him to play there and we also have Michael Carrick, so let’s try.”
Lindelof’s links with United have been one of the more curious transfer stories of the season, with the Portuguese media convinced the deal will be concluded imminently and their counterparts in the UK convinced the centre-back will not be moving to United.