It was reported that, following an agreement between Benfica and Vasteras over Lindelof’s resale value, the Swedish international was now able to complete a move to Man United.
However, later reports claimed that, contrary to widespread speculation, United had no interest in signing Lindelof at all.
But according to the Daily Star‘s Peter Hetherington, the club’s board will decide whether they want to move for the 22-year-old.
Jose Mourinho has already made it clear that he will make no new signings during the January transfer window, expressing a preference for bringing in new enforcements over the summer instead.
He has, on the other hand, secured excellent deals for both Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, selling the ostracised pair combined total of £38m – the exact amount supposedly required to secure Lindelof’s signature.
The Portuguese will have to decide whether a defensive arsenal comprising of Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling is enough to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City next season, or whether adding Lindelof – capable of playing at centre-back and right-back – into the mix would be something worth splashing out for.