Jose Mourinho identified Benfica defender Victor Lindelof as his No.1 transfer priority in January, but depending on the situation right now, he will have to wait until summer to sign his man, reports Mirror.
Manchester United have kept a close look at the Swedish centre-half since last summer, but the Portuguese champions have no intention to sell the player next month because they have made it to the Champions League knockout stage.
If Benfica remain stuck to their point, Mourinho will have to look elsewhere for quality reinforcement, as he desperately needs to strengthen the defensive department with a commanding centre-half.
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Lindelof, 22, was scouted by United 2-3 times in the past, and they watched him again on Sunday when Benfica beat Sporting Lisbon.
Mourinho has publicly criticised Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw, questioning their desire to play. And with Eric Bailly battling with injury, Jose has had no other choice but to utilise Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo as his first choice pair.
But the Portuguese boss is looking to shake up his defence, and would ideally go for it in January, which may persuade him to consider switching targets, as Benfica will play Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last 16.
However, given any encouragement, there is a strong possibility that Manchester United will bid for Lindelof to solve the defensive problems.
The Sweden international is also an option to be used as a right-back, and has started in 12 of Benfica’s 13 Primeira Liga matches, and all six of their European fixtures.