Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira in Manchester to negotiate Semedo and Lindelof deals

by Tanveer Arayan

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira is expected to arrive in Manchester on Thursday to negotiate potential moves to Manchester United for defensive duo Nelson Semedo and Victor Lindelof, according to reports.

It was reported earlier on this season that Man United had agreed a deal in principle for both Semedo and Lindelof ahead of summer moves.

However, noise surrounding moves to Old Trafford for the talented pair quietened significantly after Lindelof signed a one-year deal with Benfica in March whilst Semedo insisted he wasn’t thinking about going anywhere over the summer.

But according to Goal‘s Kris Vokes, Vieira will land in Manchester on Thursday to discuss a figure for the combined sale of Semedo and Lindelof.

Now, listen, I will not complain if United, in Semedo, secure one of the finest young prospects at right-back in world football, but investing in that particular position at a time when Antonio Valencia seems irreplaceable is slightly questionable. A smart long-term investment, sure, but will Semedo be happy occupying the bench at Old Trafford after finally becoming Rui Vitória’s first choice right back.

Lindelof, on the other hand, feels like something of a necessary addition at centre-back. Mourinho will have to pay slightly more for the Swede than he would reportedly need to for Burnley’s Michael Keane, but the Portuguese clearly sees something in the youngster’s game that has made him stand out.

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