Victor Lindelof‘s move to Manchester United has been delayed due to a disagreement between Benfica and his former club Vasteras.
Reports have been growing strong about Lindelof joining Man United over the last week but Benfica are locked in conflict with Lindelof’s old club because of a €250,000 payment which was never given to them after a bonus clause was reached.
It’s reached the stage where Vasteras are taking Benfica to court over the month and given that he’s being linked with a £38m move to Man United, from which Vasteras may well be owed a percentage cut as well, it’s certainly in their best interest to get what they are owed. Given how big Benfica is, you have to wonder why they are digging their heels in over such a small payment in comparison to how much players are actually bought or sold for.
Given that the January transfer window doesn’t even open until the start of January, United fans may well be asking as to how any move could be delayed given he couldn’t actually move yet – which would be a fair point and one I agree with. But, Mourinho has been clinical so far with his signings and would certainly want a quick agreement in place if Lindelof is indeed on his way to Old Trafford.
Will Benfica really put a hurdle in the way of selling Lindelof for £38m in January given they paid £100,000 only a few years ago and miss making another huge profit on a player? That would be madness on their part and something I doubt they’d do.
However, we’ve gone from Lindelof to United being effectively done to contract complications and delays all in the space of a few days. I’d rather the United of the last three years prior to Mourinho’s arrival doesn’t rear its ugly head in the transfer market again cheers.