Benfica president in Man United to wrap up a deal

Benfica president in Man United

Portuguese paper O Jogo reports that Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira is travelling on Monday to Manchester in order to finalize terms for the transfer of defender Victor Lindelof to United.

There seems to be plenty of open issues on the deal, including the transfer fee. Benfica are demanding 45 million euros for Lindelof, plus an extra five millions euros set aside for possible future add-ons.

Whether Benfica get everything their asking for remains in doubt.

Who is Victor Lindelof?

The 22-year-old is a Swedish international, who United have reportedly been tracking for months.

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He joined Benfica in 2013, and he’s now established himself in the first team.

According to consensus opinion, Benfica are reluctant to cash in on Lindelof after qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will face Borussia Dortmund.

But if United offer enough, the deal will happen this winter.

Looks obvious Manchester United need a new central defender in January

As we head to the January transfer window, it looks very likely that Manchester United will sign a central defender.

Jose Mourinho has been playing Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones in the centre of defence, due to injuries to Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly.

Recent reports have suggested that Mourinho does not trust Smalling and Daley Blind has been jettisoned to a bench role over the past month.

As for Bailly, he could be headed to the Africa Cup of Nations imminently.

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That leaves a hole in United’s defence.