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Benfica defender Victor Lindelof has been heavily linked with a switch to Manchester United recently and his agent has responded claiming that ‘there is no smoke without fire’.
The Sweden international is thought to be catching the eye of a range of top European clubs and could not be set for a transfer to the Premier League.
United’s rivals Chelsea have also shown interest in the 22-year-old, while Italian giants Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan have been linked with the highly rated youngster.
Lindelof’s agent, Hasan Cetinkaya, has now commented on the growing speculation and stated that ‘there is no smoke without fire’, despite the player being more than happy at Portuguese giants Benfica.
“I don’t want to comment on various clubs but there is concrete interest from some of the biggest in Europe,” he told Swedish newspaper Fotbollskanalen.
“He really enjoys it at Benfica. At the same time, as I have said before, there is smoke without fire when it comes to that.
“Many clubs are interested in him but Victor is focused on Benfica.”
Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho wants to bolster his defensive options at Old Trafford, while Blues boss Antonio Conte is keen to add another centre-half to his side, one who could potentially replace John Terry in the future.
United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a keen admirer of Lindelof and early this month said that he believes his international teammate would be capable of becoming a star at the Theatre of Dreams.
“I think Victor is doing great things, he is playing good for Benfica, he gets a lot of responsibility for the national team now, he is growing,” Ibrahimovic said.
“Is he good enough for United? I think he’s good enough for the big clubs out there. It’s up to him what he wants and what the situation says. Whatever he chooses will be good for him.
“I know he is hot on the market so let him make the right choice, what fits him good.”
By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)