Benfica defender Victor Lindelof has reportedly told his friends that he is ready to join Manchester United in January, as the deal is already confirmed.
The Swedish sensation has been heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford, and according to latest reports, even Benfica’s president, Luis Filipe Vieira, was in Manchester earlier this week to discuss a deal with the Red Devils’ hierarchy.
Jose Mourinho will lose Eric Bailly during the African Cup of Nations next month, and is therefore, expected to dig deep in January transfer market to strengthen his backline to continue United’s fight for a spot in the top four.
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The Special One spent £150 million during his first summer at Old Trafford, but that total spending for the season could surpass the £190m mark with the £42m acquisition of Lindelof next month.
According to Mirror, the defender has told his friends that a deal to take him to Old Trafford is already complete, and that he might play his last match for Benfica on Wednesday night.
Benfica legend Antonio Veloso appeared to confirm on Wednesday that Lindelof was on his way to Old Trafford.
“We are sorry to see him leave, of course,” Veloso was quoted as saying.
Although Mourinho has admitted he will not force anyone out, midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger will most probably depart, along with Memphis Depay.
Schneiderlin has attracted interest from Everton, just like Depay, although Italian side Roma are another club keeping a close eye on the 22-year-old.
Schweinsteiger, meanwhile, reportedly spoke to MLS side Chicago Fire, with other US clubs also interested in signing the World Cup winner, who has returned to first-team training after being frozen out by Mourinho at the start of the season.