Saturday 18 November 2017

Manchester United transfer talk: Reds to make decision on Lindelof as Guedes emerges as target

Goncalo Guedes has emerged as a target for Manchester United
Goncalo Guedes has emerged as a target for Manchester United

Jack Austin

With only seven days of the January transfer window remaining, Manchester United are being made to make a decision on whether to pursue targets now or in the summer.

Benfica defender Victor Lindelof was widely expected to join the club at the start of the month but interest from United’s side as reportedly cooled.

And the club will this week, according to the Daily Star, make a decision on whether to sign the 22-year-old in a deal worth £38m.

Jose Mourinho indicated he would not make a major signing this month, leaving the door open for a move for the Swede at the end of the season, and United will make a decision on his future this week.

The club have money to spend this January, having raised around £45m through the sales of Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin.

However, Lindelof may not arrive this month, but according to Portuguese daily Record, the club will instead sign winger Goncalo Guedes.

The 20-year-old has said his goodbyes to his Benfica teammates ahead of a £26m deal they claim, and will replace Depay, who joined Lyon last week.

Wayne Rooney made history on Saturday by surpassing Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United goalscoring record with a stunning, injury-time equaliser against Stoke.

However, Mourinho has revealed that he won’t stand in his captain’s way if a big-money move to China is put on the table.

According to the Mirror, Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande and rivals Beijing Guoan are both prepared to pay £700,000-a-week to the 31-year-old.

“I don’t know, it’s up to him,” said the Special One. “I don’t like to be critical of players who decide to go to China. It’s their life, it’s their organisation of their life, their organisation of their career.

“I know some of my colleagues think they are more important than they are and think they can interfere in the lives of other people, but I’m not that sort of guy.

“Everybody is responsible for their own life. I’m not critical with anyone.

"To be honest, in Wayne’s case, I have no idea because he has never mentioned it to me.”

(© Independent News Service)

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