Sky Sports have confirmed that Manchester United have entered into talks with Benfica over a potential £38 million transfer which would bring central defender Victor Lindelof to Old Trafford as he has been identified as the club’s top target for the January transfer window.
The Swede is said to be desperate to make the move and be a replacement for Eric Bailly in the short term as he recovers from injury and then jets off to the African Cup of Nations. The 22-year-old is tipped for greatness but Benfica are reluctant to allow him to leave due to their presence in the Champions League knock out stages.
That move could be part financed should Marouane Fellaini be sold, and the Mirror claim that the Belgian was spotted in Milan with his brother amid interest from AC Milan. The central midfielder has been subject to a barage of criticism from fans in recent weeks but has been defended by Jose Mourinho and his teammates.
Milan reportedly want a loan deal for the 29-year-old but United are hoping to persuade them to make a permanent offer in January as they seek to recoup some of the £27 million David Moyes spent on him in his only season in charge.
The club is also casting an eye over the future as it has identified the need for an acquisition of a feeder club, say the Mirror. Clubs in France, Belgium and Holland are being considered for their well respected youth development, but Portuguese clubs may also be considered.
It would follow in the footsteps of Chelsea, who have a similar set-up with Vitesse Arnhem in Holland, as they look to give young players more exposure to first team football and the opportunity to play abroad before joining the Red Devils first team.
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