The January transfer window is yet to even open and Manchester United have somehow managed to be part of a tumultuous transfer saga.
A few short days ago, Victor Lindelöf was seemingly certain to join Manchester United with even his shirt number picked out in anticipation of his arrival.
However, reports yesterday from the BBC claimed the deal was suddenly off with the recent good form of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo convincing Jose Mourinho to pull out of the big-money swoop.
Today, stories in Portugal contradict Wednesday’s message, suggesting the deal is still very much alive. A Bola, a sports outlet based in Lisbon, are reporting that the BBC’s announcement was a final attempt to drive the price down on United’s part.
It adds that the two clubs have already agreed a €45 million fee.
A Bola says that Benfica haven't heard anything official from Man United about wanting to back out of the Lindelöf deal, as reported by BBC. pic.twitter.com/nBqRKygYoK
— Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) December 29, 2016
While it is a reasonable enough contention, the BBC’s track record on transfer rumours means they have to be trusted.
Despite the nerve-wracking duo of Jones and Rojo leading it, the Reds’ backline has looked tremendously solid in recent weeks with the exploits of David De Gea rarely being called upon. With Eric Baily Africa-bound, the partnership will have to hold up a while longer.
Hope we're still in for Lindelof, we need that vidic style player, I see it in Bailly abit so having the two would be immense!!! #MUFC
— SICKPATTON (@sickpatton) December 29, 2016
Imo we need to sign lindelof rojo probably won't stay consistent the whole season and we could be vulnerable to injuries
— Mark?⚽️ (@ManLikePaulP) December 28, 2016
— OG John (@moyo_gotti) December 28, 2016
Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena