Jose Mourinho is reportedly keeping close tabs on Swedish defender Victor Lindelof, after Manchester United’s scouts were spotted in the stands watching his club side Benfica draw with Vitoria Setubal on Sunday.
The Portuguese is said to rate Lindelof highly and could make a move for the Swede before the summer transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.
Benfica value Lindelof at £15m and are open to selling their star defender should any club meet their valuation for the player. The 22-year-old still has four years remaining on his current contract and despite been happy at the club, it is understood that he would be open to moving to Old Trafford should he be guaranteed regular first team football.
Despite been primarily been a centre-back, the Swede can also play in a variety of different positons across the back four including right back. Should he make the switch to Old Trafford his versatility could prove to be a real asset for Mourinho as the season wears on.
Lindelof began his footballing career at Vasteras SK before making the move to Benfica in 2011. Since his arrival to the Portuguese giants back, Lindelof’s progression had been steady with the youngster slowly but surely adjusting to life at the club. However last season saw the defender become a regular face in the Benfica starting eleven making in all a total of twenty five appearances in all competitions, earning him first senior call up to the Swedish national side in March earlier this year.
His outstanding form on the pitch led to the likes of Chelsea, Inter Milan, Arsenal, Tottenham, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid all showing interest in the defender, however it now appears Manchester United may have jumped towards the front of the queue for his signature.
It’s no secret that Mourinho is looking to bring a new centre back to Manchester United before the end of the window. Names such as Southampton’s Jose Fonte and Ricardo Carvalho have all been mentioned, but it may be the young swede who sweeps in under the radar and ends the Portuguese’s hunt for a new centre-back.
At just twenty two years of age, Lindelof undoubtedly has his best footballing days ahead of him and for what Benfica are asking for him, it’s a bargain. He may not necessarily be a first team starter week in week out for Mourinho this season, but he still could have a key role to play for Manchester United as the club aim to challenge on all four domestic fronts.