The deal to bring in Victor Lindelof from Benfica has hit a little snag because of the money owed to the Swede’s former club.
Lindelof is reportedly awaiting an ‘order’ from his club, and when he receives that, he will travel to England to complete the medical and go through all the paperwork to become a Manchester United player, signing a five and a half year contract.
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Jose Mourinho is expected to strengthen his defence with the highly-rated compatriot of Ibrahimovic when the January transfer window opens for business next week.
United are believed to have finalised all the terms on a £38 million transfer for Lindelof, who is represented by Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
Victor Nilsson Lindelöf signing Manchester United shirt pic.twitter.com/lGa4aADxBj
— José Mourinho-MUFC (@Utd_JM) December 23, 2016
But Benfica have to first settle a package with the 22-year-old’s first club, Vasteras, according to the Daily Star.
The Swedish third division outfit, where Lindelof began his career, are demanding a hefty amount of the cash over an appearance-related clause in his contract.
That is precisely why Benfica are finding it difficult to complete the deal, but they insist they don’t have to stump more money, as Lindelof has since signed another deal with them.
Lindelof will most likely be given the No.2 shirt when he arrives at Old Trafford, since his preferred No. 14 is already occupied by Jesse Lingard.
Centre-back Eric Bailly will leave for the African Cup of Nations on January 3, and could miss up to nine United fixtures. It leads the way for Lindelof to come in and even make his relatively low-key debut against Reading in the FA Cup at Old Trafford.
The highly-rated defender is, at the moment, enjoying a winter break, with Benfica not in action again until January 8.