Jose Mourinho calls off move to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelöf

Manchester United held talks with Benfica delegation about move for Victor Lindelöf

Manchester United have now scrapped their interest in Victor Lindelöf

Manager Jose Mourinho is content with his current options at centre back

Manchester United will not try to bring in Benfica defender, Victor Lindelöf during the January transfer window.

According to BBC Sport, United manager Jose Mourinho, is ready to call off the chase for the 22-year-old Sweden defender, because of the form of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.

The Portuguese also has cover in central defence with Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind at his disposal.

Reports from Portugal had claimed Victor Lindelöf would become the club’s most expensive defender of all-time, costing between £38m and £42m. There were even speculations that he had been assigned a squad number at Old Trafford.

Another report from the Daily Mail say Manchester United have cooled their interest in Benfica’s £38million-rated defender Victor Lindelöf after manager Jose Mourinho decided against signing a new centre-back in the January transfer window.

United have been tracking the 22-year-old Sweden international for some time, and a delegation from Benfica flew over to England last week for talks set up by super agent Jorge Mendes.

But although reports in the Portuguese media claim a deal is close, it’s understood that no bid has been made and Mourinho is happy with the central defensive options he has for the remainder of the season.

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Photo: Manchester United have called off a move for Benfica’s £38m-rated defender Victor Lindelöf.

There are reported suspicions that Benfica have been hawking the Swedish defender Victor Lindelöf around the transfer market in the hope of finding a buyer because they have a ready-made replacement in teenager Ruben Dias. Otherwise the Portuguese club will have to offer Lindelöf a new contract with a significant pay rise – which Benfica wants to avoid at all cost.

Reports say Benfica have done this before – ramping up interest in their players. Nicolas Gaitan was linked with a move to Manchester United despite little interest and encouragement from Old Trafford, and former United boss Louis van Gaal pulled the plug on a move for Renato Sanches some time before he joined Bayern Munich from Benfica in the summer before Van Gaal’s ouster.

It appears that Jose Mourinho had to wise-up after a pointer from Louis Van Gaal who did not fall for the Benfica alleged transfer scam. We have Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo (in the absence of Chris Smalling) and Eric Bailly – all very good and seasoned defenders and/or centre-backs. I think that Manchester United have very good central defensive options this footballing season . . .

Up Man U!

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