Manchester United seemed most likely to sign Victor Lindelof at this point of the market. The 22-year-old Sweden and Benfica centre back has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford and he looks like the perfect long-term partner for Eric Bailly.
Where Bailly is a hard as nails, Nemanja Vidic type, Lindelof is more of a sophisticated defender.
He can play in various positions and do the defending part brilliantly. But he is also wonderful to watch with the ball at his feet.
He loves to stride forward in possession and start attacks himself and his passing range is excellent.
Latest reports suggest however, that United won’t now make a move, with BBC reporting this afternoon:
Manchester United will not make a move for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof during the January transfer window.
BBC Sport understands the form of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo in central defence has persuaded manager Jose Mourinho he does not need to buy.
But he has been given a brilliant recommendation by a player who only played around ten games for Manchester United, but made a huge impact nonetheless.
Henrik Larsson joined Manchester United in 2007 on loan as they charged toward the title.
The Daily Mail passes on these quotes from the legend:
‘He is already playing at a high level, so he’s prepared for a club like Manchester United,’ Larsson told Portuguese newspaper DN.
‘Lindelof has the ability to play in more than one position on the team, and in all of them at a very high level.
‘He is a great talent, he is very fast for a defender and knows how to read the game very well.
‘Jose Mourinho is one of the best coaches in the world, just look at everything he has already achieved, working with him he can become one of the best in the world.’
TFF thinks that something could still happen on this one and we will keep an ear to ground for updates.
Manchester United fans: do you want the club to make a move for Lindelof?