Manchester United are close to signing Benfica centre-half Victor Lindelof for £35 million and the Swedish enforcer will fly to England on Wednesday to sign for the Premier League side, according to The Sun.
The Red Devils are expected to busy this summer, with Jose Mourinho wanting a raft of new players in upcoming months so the Old Trafford club can fight for major silverware in 2017-18.
The centre of United’s defence remains an area that there is some uncertainty over, despite the club having a host of players that can operate in the position.
While Eric Bailly is adjudged as a starter at the back when fit and firing, there are question marks over who his ideal partner is.
Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind have all operated at centre-half in recent times, but the quartet have suffered from injuries and unavailability at times in the last six months.
As such, it has been reported that Mourinho is undecided on who his first-choice options are at the back, with scope for a new face to join the Old Trafford outfit this summer.
Lindelof is an imposing defender that appears to have all the attributes to take English football by storm.
At 22 the Scandinavian’s best years are ahead of him, while the enforcer boasts an intimidating stature and impressive physical attributes.
Lindelof has been at Benfica since 2012 and has forced his way into the Portuguese giants’ first team, making 32 league appearances last season.
With experience of playing in the Champions League and at international level also, United would be getting a rounded defender, despite his young age.
The report suggests that a £35 million deal is all but done and that Lindelof will fly to England on Wednesday after his responsibilities with the Swedish national team are concluded.
“It’s a done deal. There are some very minor things to wrap up and of course the medical,” The Sun report an insider as saying to them.
“He hasn’t wanted to allow the move to distract him from Sweden duty but he will be flying straight to Manchester after the game in Oslo on Tuesday and then undergoing his medical.”
Should Lindelof arrive at United in the near future, it will cast doubts over the futures of a number of the current crop at Old Trafford.
Smalling’s injury concerns have been a worry for the Red Devils in recent times, while reports in the media in the last month have suggested that Mourinho could be willing to allow the England international to leave this summer.