Everyone is just waiting for Victor Lindelof to Manchester United to be done, and the outlets are only providing small updates on Monday.
There are two versions of the story today. Let’s start with O Jogo, who claims that José Mourinho wants the player signed as soon as possible.
The manager is losing Eric Bailly to the African Cup of Nations, and as he feels short of options for central defence, he’s asking Manchester United to rush on the deal and buy the player still in the first days of the transfer window.
And A Bola also says that the deal is being rushed, but by Benfica. The club is not using the defender anymore and would like to let him go early this month.
The interesting information they have is that Benfica would be waiting to get €45m in their hands, after any costs are calculated.
That means Manchester United would have to pay commissions, solidarity mechanism and all other charges.
According to our maths, that would make Lindelof cost more than €50m, getting close to the player’s new release clause, which is set to be €60m.
The deal is only getting more expensive, and maybe that’s why it’s taking longer than initially expected by the Portuguese papers. Manchester United losing interest would be no surprise, they’re not desperate for the player right now, and Benfica are really pushing their luck on financial demands.