After weeks of rumours and speculations about their interest to lure the prolific defender, Manchester United have finally begun a negotiation with Portuguese outfit Benfica with a view to landing their ace defender Victor Lindelof.
The speculation has been making headlines in recent weeks that Lindelof may be the saviour Manchester United would need to salvage their ailing defence line which will lose Eric Baily to African Cup of Nations in January, with Phil Jones injury prone, while Daily Blind and Chris Smalling not pulling their weight nor meeting up with manager’s expectations.
Jose Mourinho has reportedly begun talks with the Portugal Primeira table leaders, Benfica over the sale of the Swedish international.
Benfica are tabling a sell-on price of £50 million for the sensational defender and Manchester United may not under price nor drag the negotiation too long as they already have identified the quality possessed by Lindelof which they expect he will export to Old Trafford to resuscitate the club’s hopes of appearing in the Champions league next time out.
Hakan Cetinkaya, Lindelof’s agent, admitted that there was high possibility that his client might exit Estadio da Luz to explore a career outside Portugal in the next transfer window.
“The transfer window isn’t open yet, but Victor is already very much in demand,” Cetinkaya said.
Cetinkaya disclosed that he has already opened discussions with some clubs in Europe and would be expecting that the next transfer may be the end to Lindelof’s 4-year stay in Portugal.
“As a result, I’ve scheduled interviews with some of the biggest clubs in Europe to talk about his future,’ he added.
He expressed his optimism that 22-year-old Lindelof will find a destination outside Benfica in the coming transfer, believing that a deal would be done and settled for the defender, who has established himself in the Primeira Division as a factor.
“The most important thing is for the deal to be done at the right moment. But I’m optimistic.
“There’s a good chance he’ll leave the club this winter. If not, it’ll be next summer.”
However, Cetinkaya believes that any dead end to the winter bidding may defer the player’s move to summer; but he is certain that Lindelof is highly likely going to leave Benfica, with the Theatre of Dreams the most feasible destination.