United To Take Final Call On Lindelof Deal This Week

Victor Lindelof attends a training session.

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With just seven days of the January transfer window remaining, Manchester United are chalking out their last-minute decisions on whether to pursue targets now, or at the end of the season.

Almost every media outlet claimed Benfica defender Victor Lindelof would join the Red Devils at the start of the month, but interest from the English side has reportedly cooled since then.

And according to the Daily Star, Manchester United will take a final call this week whether to sign the 22-year-old in a deal worth £38m.

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Jose Mourinho dropped a hint a few days ago, claiming he would not make a major signing this month, leaving the door open for a move for the Benfica defender in the summer. And now, it is believed United will make a decision on his future this week.

United have the necessary money to spend this January, having raised around £45m through the transfers of Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin.

Should a deal for the Swede go through eventually, it will raise serious doubts over the futures of Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo, despite the fact that the latter has impressed Mourinho in recent times with his partnership with Phil Jones.

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Still, with Eric Bailly set to return from international duty next month, he will most likely be used as the long-term stalwart in the heart of the United defence, and Lindelof’s big price-tag and Mourinho’s desperation to sign him would hint that the Swede will be first choice alongside the Ivory Coast star.

However, Lindelof may not arrive this month, but as per Portuguese daily Record, Manchester United will instead sign winger Goncalo Guedes.

The 20-year-old has reportedly said his goodbyes to his Benfica teammates ahead of a potential £26m deal, and will replace Depay, who left for Lyon last week.


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