Benfica are reportedly set to hand defender Viktor Lindelof a new contract to stay at the club in an attempt to ward off interest from Manchester United.
Lindelof only made his breakthrough into Benfica’s starting eleven last season but has since gone on to become an integral part of Rui Vitoria’s side.
The 22-year-old is said to have been offered a new three year contract to stay at the Estadio da Luz and in that deal a buy-out clause of fifty two million euros will reportedly be included meaning that should United or any club for that matter wish to buy the defender they will have to meet that release clause. An indication that Benfica do not want to lose the highly rated and powerful centre back on the cheap.
News of Lindelof penning a new deal at Benfica will come as a he blow to Jose Mourinho who is reportedly looking to bring the defender to Old Trafford in the January transfer window.
Defence has remained an key area on the field which the new United boss has yet to fully address at Old Trafford. The arrival of Eric Bailly from Villarreal over the summer has somewhat fixed some of Manchester United defensive problems but not all. With Chris Smalling’s form erractic and the Englishman now seemingly injury prone, much deeper problems in Manchester United’s defence that Mourinho needs to fix. Lindelof he would certainly be a player who would have undoubtedly strengthened the Portuguese’s backline unfortunately it appears United are going to miss out if he signs a new deal as I simply can’t see Mourinho paying the new release clause of fifty two million Euros.
At just twenty two years of age Lindelof is regarded as one of the most talented defenders in European football. His superb tackling combined with his excellent reading of the game makes him a real prospect and is a player who could have potentially solved Mourinho’s defensive woes at Old Trafford for years to come unfortunately unless United are able to reach an agreement with him before he signs a new deal with Benfica, I don’t see this deal ever happening.