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Manchester United medical beckons for key defensive target - report

Mourinho plotting a big summer of spending at Manchester United
Mourinho plotting a big summer of spending at Manchester United

Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, according to the latest reports emanating from Portugal.

Record newspaper are claiming the Swedish international will travel to Manchester for a medical ahead of a £30m move to Old Trafford, with the confidence of this report echoing similar claims earlier this year.

Portuguese newspapers ran a series of stories suggesting Jose Mourinho’s United were ‘on the brink’ of signing Lindelof in last January’s transfer window, with Old Trafford insiders pouring cold water on those stories as Lindelof saw out the season at Benfica.

Now the Portuguese football grapevine is buzzing once more with suggestions that Lindelof will travel to Manchester once his international commitments with Sweden have ended to finalise a move to United.

Mourinho did little to dampen down rumours he was keen to sign the 22-year-old Swede earlier this week, as he made these comments at an event in Portugal.

“I will not say if I want him or not, I think it’s incorrect to talk (about him),” stated smiling Mourinho said. “Lindelof is theirs and as long as he’s theirs, he’s theirs.”

Lindelof has also been keen to play down his links with United in recent days, as he suggested his future has is not on his mind as he prepares for key international games.

“I’m not saying anything about that,” he responded when asked about his latest linked with United. “I say what I always say - I have a contract with Benfica, and that’s what I’m focused on.

“I just try to focus on what’s important for me. I know a lot of things get written, but I don’t think it’s right for me to read it all the time.”

United fans would every right to be sceptical about Portuguese newspaper reports suggesting Lindelof is moving to United after their confident predictions of a move last January came to nothing.

More will be revealed once Lindelof and Sweden play their World Cup qualifier against France on Friday night, followed by the friendly against Norway next Tuesday.