Manchester United’s much vaunted signing of Victor Lindelof has hit problems over clauses in his current contract, according to reports in the British media.
The Sun reports:
Manchester United’s deal for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof has been delayed after hitting a snag.
Lindelof’s former club, Vasteras, are reportedly demanding 212,000 Euros as part of the deal that takes the player to Manchester United. Not much in comparison to the overall fee, you would have thought, but apparently a stumbling block nonetheless. And the report states that this could turn the deal sour.
The 22-year-old’s name has adorned the back pages of sports papers all over Europe over the last fortnight as a mega move to Manchester United has been mooted.
The Swedish international, who made his debut for his country this year and already has 11 caps and one goal, has been a stalwart for Benfica over the last year in particular with 22 games played already this season.
He’s quick, committed and strong in the tackle. But he’s also a cultured player with great passing range and the ability to maraud forward with the ball at his feet.
And although Manchester United have depth in their squad in terms of defenders, there is a growing notion that Lindelof and Eric Bailly, both 22, could form the backbone of the next great Manchester United side.
With Bailly’s strength and no nonsense defending twinned with the ball playing brilliance of Lindelof, comparisons will surely be drawn in future to the great Vidic/Ferdinand axis.
Manchester United fans: is it worth spending such large amounts on another defender or are United well covered there and should they instead be prioritising other areas of the side like right back, central midfield and centre forward?