Benfica President Luis Vieira held talks with Manchester United officials on transfer deadline day to strike a deal for the club’s star performer Victor Lindelof, according to a report from Portuguese sports daily A Bola.
Manchester United were heavily linked with the highly sought after defender throughout the January transfer window and on several occasions, it looked like they were on the brink of signing the Sweden international.
And now Portuguese media claim, Vieira travelled to England on Tuesday and even had an emergency meeting with Manchester United officials, in order to put a deal in place, even if Lindelof can be sold only in the summer.
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But it didn’t work out; the Benfica president went back to Portugal having failed to reach any agreement with Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho is believed to be a huge admirer of Lindelof, having been highly impressed with his consistent performances at the Estadio da Luz.
But the fact is there is still no agreement in place to complete the deal for Lindelof.
Although it is expected that further talks could be held between the two clubs as Benfica are keen to extract the best possible deal if Lindelof does move to Manchester United.
And if Manchester United fail to convince the Portuguese club, other suitors could yet enter the fray for the centre-back.
Chelsea could well take the advantage as Antonio Conte has identified a top class centre-half his No1 priority this summer and reportedly kept a close eye on the 22-year-old Swedish centre-half. Inter Milan also showed interest to rival United for Lindelof.