Manchester United Close In On First Summer Signing – £30m European Defender

Manchester United are reportedly (Daily Express) closing in on the signing of defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica, after deciding to pull out of signing the player back in January. The Swedish centre-back is expected to cost around £30million, plus another £4million in performance-related bonuses. After having just sealed qualification to the Champions League next season, United are expected to go on a transfer spree.

No other club has been looking to sign Lindelof in the last six months and now we have once again opened negotiations with Benfica for the player, and it is reported that the transfer could be completed in the next few days.

The wait seems to have worked in a beneficial way for United, as we will be shelling out only £30million up front with £4million performance-related bonus. Lindelof was a part of the Benfica team that won the league title last season. Benfica were quite impressive as they managed to win the league 6 points ahead of Porto. Lindelof was one of the impressive players in the team, as Benfica went on to register the best defensive record in the division after conceding just 18 goals in 34 league matches.

Jose Mourinho is keen on bringing in a new central defender in order to partner Eric Bailly. Just as the club were about to complete the transfer last season, Mourinho saw incredible performances from the likes of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo. This led to second thoughts about bringing in Lindelof, who would have been an expensive luggage if the club had failed to reach the Champions League. The need for a new centre-back does not seem to have changed and this is the best chance for United to land Lindelof.

The lure of Champions League football will work in our favour and we must take full advantage of the situation as a player like Lindelof would jump at the chance of playing for a club like Manchester United. Surely, Lindelof is one talented young defender and signing him would be an excellent piece of work by Jose Mourinho.