Victor Lindelof may finally be line to seal a transfer to Manchester United for a fee worth around £35m, according to Portuguese newspaper Record.
The Benfica centre-back is apparently ready to pen a long-term contract to become Jose Mourinho’s first summer signing after the club’s president – Luis Filipe Vieira – flew to the UK to thrash out a deal with the Red Devils.
Lindelof was rumoured to be on the cusp of joining United in the January transfer window, but that move did not come to fruition and United are now hopeful of acquiring their long time target ahead of the 2017/18 season.
United will pay £30m up front for Lindelof if Record is to be believed, with an extra £5m set to wing its way to the Portuguese giants in installments providing the 23-year-old achieves certain targets during his time at Old Trafford – presumably along the lines of number of appearances and titles won.
United have watched the Sweden international on a number of occasions throughout 2016/17, and scout reports handed to Mourinho and his team have been glowing in their appraisal of Lindelof’s talent and ability.
La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona were thought to be keen on attempting to convince Lindelof to head for Spain instead of England, but the duo could now miss out if United’s rumoured bid is accepted by Benfica.
Lindelof was set to be handed the number two jersey at the turn of the year if he had completed his move to the north west of England, but a complication arose after his former club Vasteras became embroiled in a dispute with Benfica over a payment, that was to be made to them.
Lindelof went on to sign a new four-and-a-half year contract with Benfica following the collapse of his transfer to the UK, but that has not put United off in their pursuit of his services.
The 11-time capped international has made 48 appearances for Benfica’s first-team since his debut in October 2013.