Manchester United hold fresh talks for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof – report

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United have held fresh talks over a £40m move for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, according to reports.

Jose Mourinho tried to make a move for the Swede in January but could not reach an agreement as he was also satisfied with his defensive options in Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones.

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira is said to be holding out for £50m as it’s the buy-out clause in his contract, but Ed Woodward will be confident he can re-negotiate.

They were also unable to sell Lindelof in January as there was no agreement in place with his former club Vasteras over a potential deal but they’re close to a £3.5m compensation package to overcome the sell-on agreement.

Mourinho will be desperate to strengthen his defensive options following the recent injury crisis as Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have all been ruled out.

The side have done quite well defensively this season but there’s still plenty of improvement that needs to be done as the squad are very close to coming together underneath the Portuguese boss.

There are solid foundations in place to build on and just a few signings in the summer could really help Mourinho take United to the next level.

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