Saturday 24 August 2019

Victor Lindelof's Manchester United deal hits bonus payment 'snag'

Lindelof is a target for Manchester United
Lindelof is a target for Manchester United

Mark Critchley

Victor Lindelof’s impending move to Manchester United has reportedly encountered a small bump in the road after a disagreement between his current and former clubs.

The Sweden international joined Benfica from Vasteras in 2012 and, according to A Bola, his boyhood club are demanding payment of a bonus related to Champions League appearances.

It is not, however, thought that the snag will delay Lindelof’s switch to Old Trafford.

Lindelof is expected to be handed the no 2 shirt once he arrives in Manchester. The 22-year-old’s preferred no 14 is currently taken by Jesse Lingard.

Elsewhere, James Rodriguez’s name continues to be linked, but the Real Madrid attacking midfielder’s agent has ruled out a move in January.

Jorge Mendes, who also represents Jose Mourinho, David de Gea and others at United, confirmed to AS that Rodriguez will not leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the forthcoming transfer window.

The 25-year-old Colombia international, who has struggled to establish himself as a regular at Madrid, admitted earlier this month that he sees his long-term future away from the club.

“Things are not going as I would want," he said. "But I have had offers and I have these seven days to think well about everything.

“I want to stay, but you must think about everything. I cannot assure you what will happen, as I want to play more.”

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