Benfica centre-back Victor Lindelof‘s agent, Hasan Cetinkaya, has claimed that Manchester United remain the frontrunners in the race to secure the Swede’s signature.
The 22-year-old joined the Portuguese side in 2013 and has gone on to cement himself as a regular under Rui Vitória this season.
A series of commanding, powerful performances in the first-team led to Lindelof receiving his international debut back in March against Turkey before going on to start every game at Euro 2016.
Cetinkaya, speaking earlier this week, admitted that Mourinho – reportedly keen to sign another centre-back in January – is the current favourite to acquire the youngster’s services.
“I don’t want to comment on various clubs but there is concrete interest from some of the biggest in Europe,” he said. “He really enjoys it at Benfica. At the same time, as I have said before, there is no smoke without fire when it comes to that.
“Many clubs are interested in him, but Victor is focused on Benfica.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played alongside Lindelof at Euro 2016, was full of praise for his fellow countryman.
“I think Victor is doing great things, he is playing good for Benfica, he gets a lot of responsibility for the national team now, he is growing,” he said.
“Is he good enough for United? I think he’s good enough for the big clubs out there.
“It’s up to him what he wants and what the situation says. Whatever he chooses will be good for him.
“I know he is hot on the market so let him make the right choice, what fits him good.”
Lindelof is known as ‘The Iceman’ for a reason. His game is hallmarked by supreme positional knowhow and an immense level of speed. Every challenge, pass or header is carried out with a sense of purpose, always orchestrated as opposed to being furiously delivered. His aptitude for playing out from the back, as seen throughout Euro 2012, belies his inexperience at senior level.
And at 6-foot-2, the Swede possesses a quintessentially brutish demeanour – the kind of build you’d expect from an aggressive Scandinavian defender. The Premier League, should that be his next destination, would be an ideal place for the youngster to further hone his already potent defensive qualities.