Having had to use backup defensive duo Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones in defence as replacements for Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling of late, it perhaps comes as no surprise that Jose Mourinho is looking to bolster his backline.
Reports on Monday in Portuguese outlet O Jogo suggest United are now willing to spend €45 million plus more in add-ons for Sweden international Victor Lindelof, with president of his current club Benfica, Luis Filipe Vieira, said to be on his way to England to hammer out the deal in question.
The Swede, who’s already earned eleven caps for his country, can play in either the centre of defence or at right back. This term he’s helped his Primeira Liga employers to top spot in the league having conceded just eight goals in 14 matches.
Playing the full 90 minutes in all but one game this season, including Benfica’s so far successful Champions League campaign, Lindelof has unsurprisingly been singled out for praise across the continent.
At such a young age too the ex-Västerås SK man could become a sound future investment for the north west club and training against a man he knows well from his time playing for Sweden, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, would only benefit the defender’s career.
Lindelof certainly looks a solid short-term and long-term prospect for United should the deal go through.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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