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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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