Several reports have suggested that a deal worth £35m for the Swede, who claimed his second consecutive Primeira Liga title with Benfica last month, was close to being agreed.
Other reports have stated that the move will be finalised as soon as after Sweden’s World Cup qualifier with France on Friday night.
But according to the Independent‘s Miguel Delaney, Lindelof’s wages will need be negotiated further after respective parties produced different valuations over the defender’s prospective income at Old Trafford.
Supporters have been aware of Lindelof’s potential move to Man United ever since Mourinho approached the youngster over the January transfer window, and with several outlets now confirming that a deal is close to being agreed, it seems as if the Portuguese did some important legwork earlier this season.
That said, this transfer, like pretty much all United transfers, could drag on for some time. Benfica will want to optimise the profit for this deal in any way they can. Lindelof has, after all, been an immovable presence at the back over the last two years, but with Champions League football now guaranteed at Old Trafford you sense that now is the right time for a step up.