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Manchester United close in on Victor Lindelöf signing — reports

The Benfica president has flown to England to discuss a deal for the 22-year-old, apparently

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Manchester United have been linked with January moves for an array of defenders in recent weeks, with big-money bids for the likes of Diego Godín, José Fonte and José Giménez all mooted.

Another centre-back rumoured to be on the Old Trafford club’s radar is Benfica’s Victor Lindelöf.

And Portuguese newspaper O Jogo reported today that the Eagles’ president Luís Filipe Vieira is set to fly to England to discuss selling the 22-year-old Swedish international to the Red Devils.

Lindelöf has 11 international caps to his name and has been a regular at the Estadio da Luz for 18 months, having graduated to the senior squad from Benfica’s B team.

Though predominantly a central defender, he is also comfortable playing at right-back -- a level of versatility that will no doubt have appealed to José Mourinho.

Strong in the air, a physiclal presence and a tough tackler, Lindelöf, as has become expected of modern-day centre-backs, is also very comfortable on the ball.

It is believed that the Portuguese champions are looking to receive around €45 million for the young defender.