Manchester United set to complete third biggest deal in club’s history after Mourinho u-turn

Manchester United set to complete third biggest deal in club's history after Mourinho u-turn

Manchester United are set to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof in a £38million deal after the Swede’s boyhood club resolved their sell-on fee dispute with the Portuguese giants.

The Red Devils are believed to have placed a bid for the Swedish international in January but Vasteras believe they are entitled to 20% of any deal involving Lindelof.

That would equate to around £7.2m – a huge fee for the club the size of Vasteras.  The Swedish minnows have agreed a reduced 10% clause with Benfica, which has allowed the Lindelof deal to go through.

ESTORIL, PORTUGAL - DECEMBER 17: SL BenficaÕs defender from Sweden Victor Lindelof in action during the Primeira Liga match between GD Estoril Praia and SL Benfica at Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota on December 17, 2016 in Estoril, Portugal. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)
Lindelof could sign a deal until 2022 (Picture: Getty)

Jose Mourinho claimed earlier this week that he was not going to sign a defender but Eric Bailly’s absence in the next four weeks, as well as Marcos Rojo’s injury against Reading, has perhaps convinced the 53-year-old to make a move.

Lindelof is set to take the number two shirt at Old Trafford and will earn around £115,000-a-week on a five-and-a-half-year deal at the Theatre of Dreams.

The deal would be United’s third most expensive deal in the club’s history, behind Angel Di Maria and Paul Pogba.

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