Sunday 15 September 2019

Manchester United 'make their move' for defensive target

Victor Lindelof wins a header for Benfica
Victor Lindelof wins a header for Benfica
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United are reported to have made a move to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, with a £38m switch to Old Trafford believed to be possible in the January transfer window.

Lindelof is believed to have a £30m buy-out clause in his contract with the Portuguese club that can be triggered next summer, but a move next month may be possible if United and the player push to make it happen.

The Sunday Mirror are among those reporting that United have been tracking Swedish international Lindelof for some time, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic rumoured to be pushing for the Old Trafford club to make a move for the 22-year-old defender.

The news comes after United manager Jose Mourinho hinted on Friday that he may not strengthen his squad in next month’s transfer window, after confirming he is content with the players he is working with at Old Trafford.

“I like my squad. I trust my squad,” said Mourinho.

“If you ask me in this moment am I waiting for someone to be here on the January 1, or are we chasing some player because on that date we want a new player? Not at all.”

Mourinho muttered similar words ahead of transfer windows during his time as Chelsea manager and he often added to his squad a few weeks later, with United’s rumoured interest in Lindelof appearing to follow the club’s policy of targeting the best young players in the game.

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