Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira is flying into Manchester on Monday in order to finalise terms with Manchester United over the transfer of Victor Lindelof, reports suggest.
Portuguese newspaper O Jogo are saying that Vieira is keen to push a price of €45m including €5m which would specifically relate to the amount of goals he scores – that’s a bit odd for a defender I’d say.
A few weeks ago a list of Sporting Lisbon and Benfica players’ release clauses, in which Lindelof’s was listed as €30m, were leaked but it’s believed that doesn’t come into play until next summer which would leave the ball firmly in Benfica’s court.
The official release clauses of the Benfica & Sporting players. No bargains to be made here. pic.twitter.com/yJwJQm2oac
— Jan Fredrik Hagen (@PortuBall) December 11, 2016
Who is Lindelof and why do United need him? He is a 22-year-old Swedish centre-back who currently plays for Benfica and I think the most pertinent point as far as United fans are concerned is the fact he has completed the full 90 minutes in every match he’s played for Benfica dating back to at least the end of October. With our fitness worries in that department, it’s a big plus point for any potential signing.
United need a new centre-back and will sign one in the next two transfer windows. As commanding as Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones have been, no fan is under any illusion that Eric Bailly is our first choice centre-back and his long-term partner is yet to be determined. It’s one key area of weakness for United this season.
This is not the first time these Lindelof rumours have emerged and they seemingly won’t go away. Is Benfica’s president close to completing a deal which will bring him to United? That’s the current rumour and we’ll keep on top of it with any more updates for you.