Sunday 18 August 2019

Manchester United expected to sign defender Victor Lindelof in early January despite talks of 'snag'

Lindelof is a target for Manchester United
Lindelof is a target for Manchester United
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United are confident of confirming the signing of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof in the opening few days of the January transfer window, despite reports of a snag in the final negotiations over the deal.

United have agreed a fee for the Swedish defender, who has emerged as the club’s first choice defensive target after he was heavily scouted in recent months.

Suggestions that Lindelof’s former club Vasteras are seeking a payment from Benfica as part of their deal to sell the play in 2012 have been reported in Portugal, but all parties in the deal are confident this will not halt his move to Old Trafford.

A report in A Bola claims Benfica are reluctant to pay the fee in excess of €250,000 to Vasteras, with the deal not likely to be rubber-stamped until agreement is reached between the two clubs.

Yet United have made it clear that they are keen to sign Lindelof in the opening days of the transfer window, as they want him to be available for vital Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup ties in the next couple of weeks.

Lindelof’s agent Jorge Mendes - who also represents United manager Jose Mourinho - is expecting the deal to progress imminently, with United keen to bolster heir defensive options with Eric Bailly due to play for Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations next month.

Lindelof is tipped to be handed the No.2 jersey when he signs for United, with that shirt number vacant since Rafael left the club in the summer of 2015.

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