Insider explains why Man United could still make defender first January signing

Manchester United could still sign Victor Lindelof if the Red Devils can negotiate a discount with Benfica, according to Gabriele Marcotti

Manchester United could still complete a deal to sign Victor Lindelof in the January transfer window, according to an ESPN reporter.

Gabriele Marcotti, who is also known as the host of The Times’s football podcast The Game, has suggested that Manchester United’s proposed deal for Lindelof could still happen before the close of the current transfer window.

The Red Devils had been heavily linked with a move for the Sweden international over the past couple of months as Jose Mourinho looks to identify a long-term centre-half partner for summer signing Eric Bailly.

Lindelof was thought to be on the brink of signing a new contract that would increase his contract release clause to £50m.

However, Marcotti has claimed that a deal could still go through this month if the 20-time English champions are able to negotiate a discounted price with Portuguese giants Benfica.

“It looked as if this move for Lindelof was definitely happening… then he extended his contract and increased his buyout clause,” Marcotti told Football Whispers.

“Man United questioned it but I think they will bring in a defender, or they hope to if it’s at the right price.

“And I think if they can get a discount on Lindelof then it’s something that could come back on.”

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Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table.

The Red Devils will be hoping to overhaul a 14-point deficit and catch leaders Chelsea in the Premier League title race.

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