Manchester United: Talks held – deal could be reached in January

Manchester United could well be closing in on their first major signing of Jose Mourinho’s second window as widespread reports suggest that a big money move for a 22-year-old Swede could be on the cards.

Sky Sports reports:

Manchester United have held initial discussions with Benfica over a £38m move for defender Victor Lindelof.

It’s a massive fee for a man of just 22 and who hasn’t played in one of Europe’s biggest leagues. But there is huge expectation surrounding the player and the mooted size of the fee suggests that he is something very special indeed.

Ex-Manchester United and Swedish international, Jesper Blomqvist, reckons that the player could go right to the very top and likened him to an absolute legend of Manchester United:

“I have seen him play for the national under-21s, the senior side and in the Champions League for Benfica and he has the right qualities.

“He’s quick, confident with the ball, likes to play and is very strong. For United fans I think the best comparisons would be with Rio Ferdinand and Ronny Johnsen.

TFF believes that Ferdinand is easily among the top over Manchester United defenders of all time and the best of the Premier League era. Perhaps the importance of his move away from Manchester United was understated because he was a massive influence in the most successful period of United’s history.

Without him they almost need two players to do his job – a top defender and a ball playing midfielder.

If Manchester United can find a really world-class distributor of the ball out of defence in January it will give them a big boost in the quest for Champions League football.

TFF thinks that this deal has substance and could well happen.

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