Last week, we covered claims from the Portuguese press which said Benfica were planning to offer Victor Lindelof a new contract to protect him from the interest of other clubs.
The Swedish international had a very good season in Portugal and is reportedly wanted by a list of sides, including Manchester United.
Now O Jogo states that Benfica and Lindelof have agreed a deal and the defender is expected to sign a contract until 2021. His release clause is set to be raised from to €30m to at least €45m.
The Manchester United rumors started when the Red Devils reportedly made a £20.5m for the defender, according to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet . That put the club’s name in the list that includes PSG, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and more recently, Roma.
But Lindelof reportedly wants to stay at Benfica for at least one more year, so he can establish himself.
Of course there’s still time for an European giant to pay Lindelof’s buyout clause and convince him to sign before the new deal is signed, but his stay at Benfica seems more likely now.
Claims from a Swedish newspaper about Manchester United wanting him seem to have helped the Swedish defender get a pay rise.