Manchester United are close to sealing a summer agreement for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, Portuguese outlet Record claims. The Sweden international has been pursued by Jose Mourinho since the previous transfer window, and it appears that the Red Devils have won the race for his signature.
Lindelof, 22, was initially tipped to join Old Trafford at the turn of the year, but the form of Phil Jones and Marcus Rojo influenced Mourinho to put a halt on the proposed deal. The Swede followed to ink a fresh four-and-a-half year contract with Benfica in March which doubled his previous £26m release clause.
According to Metro h/t Record, the Europa League holders have agreed on a £35m package for the versatile defender, who will have a series of medical tests with the club following Sweden’s World Cup qualifier against France tonight.
Lindelof was initially approached to finalise his move earlier in the week, but he has opted to maintain his focus with the national team, who could lead their qualifier group with a victory over Les Bleus.
The former Vasteras graduate has the ability to feature in both the central defensive and right-back positions, but Mourinho is said to be keen to partner him alongside Eric Bailly at the heart of the backline.
Lindelof could be one of the many arrivals at Old Trafford this summer with Mourinho backed with £150m plus kitty to rebuild the squad ahead of their Champions League return next term.