Benfica have reached an agreement with Victor Lindelof’s former club Vasteras, which means the defender is now free to move to Manchester United, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen.
Reports from Portugal last month claimed that Lindelof had agreed personal terms ahead of a move to Man United, with a set of formalities being the only thing standing between the deal being completed.
However it was later reported that contractual disputes between Benfica and Vasteras over the ownership of a percentage of Lindelof’s resale value had halted the transfer.
But according to Vasteras chairman Bengt-Åke Nilsson, such difficulties have been resolved.
“Benfica accepted our terms,” he said. “We’ve an agreement and we don’t have a problem with Benfica anymore.”
“We have hopes [that the deal will go ahead].
“They have increased after we made contact with Benfica. We hope that this will resolve itself in the near future.”
With this potentially terminal stumbling block successfully defeated, it seems as if nothing stands in the way of a January move for the Swede this month.
Of course, as Real Madrid displayed in hilarious fashion with David de Gea, no transfer deal is ever set in stone – even when the documents are filled in. But it does look like Ed Woodward and Co can now focus on completing the last few details to ensure Lindelof does indeed become a United player.