The Portuguese media won’t give up on Victor Lindelof to Manchester United. Despite claims coming from the BBC that Jose Mourinho has decided he doesn’t need Lindelof, because of the form of Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones, in Portugal it’s claimed otherwise.
On Monday Record report that Lindelof continues to train under Benfica’s orders, waiting for ‘negotiations to be concluded’ on his transfer to Manchester United.
At the same time, another Portuguese newspaper, O Jogo, say very similar, andding that Jose Mourinho now wants speed in the negotiations, wanting Lindelof quickly at Manchester United.
Eric Bailly going to the Africa Cup of Nations is seen as a big reason for Mourinho’s wishes, as it’s stated he’d be short for that period. However, with the final on Sunday February 5th, it’s not too long even if Bailly’s Ivory Coast get to the last match.
There’s every chance Phil Jones will once again succumb to injury and Marcos Rojo regress to previous form, so it’s a difficult balance for Mourinho to get right.
O Jogo say Lindelof was summoned for Benfica’s last match against Paços de Ferreira, but wasn’t used. They rightly point out that’s a scenario they said would happen, but they’ve said a lot of other things too.