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Victor Lindelof left out of Benfica squad ahead of suspected Manchester United switch

Defender Victor Lindelof has been left out of Benfica’s squad for their League Cup tie with Vizela as speculation grows over a switch to Manchester United.

The Sweden international has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford following reports that Benfica’s president had recently been in Manchester for negotiations with United’s hierarchy.

Lindelof was not included in Benfica’s squad earlier this week for a game against Pacos de Ferreira and he’s again been excluded from the side, despite being deemed fit to play.

The impressive form of centre-half duo Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo has cooled the Red Devils’ interest in Lindelof but Jose Mourinho’s outfit could move for the 22-year-old in this January transfer window in fear that he does not move to a rival club, for a fee believed to be in the region of £42million.

Lindelof’s two week absence from the Benfica squad has boost United’s hopes of signing the highly-rated Swede.

By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)

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