Jose Mourinho could have had the Benfica star for £34.5 million if he had made a move for him during the January transfer window.
But he opted to wait until the summer believing that Phil Jones partnership with Marcus Rojo would see him through the rest of the season.
Jose Mourinho will have to pay £50million for Victor Lindelof
Jose Mourinho has instead stuck with Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones as his centre-back pairing
And now Benfica have paid to remove a minimum release clause from Lindelof’s contract and are ready to cash in.
Italian giants Juventus are also interested in signing the 22 year-old and the Portuguese giants are ready to make Manchester United pay even more to get their man.
How Manchester United could look with defender signings worth £98m
Tue, January 10, 2017
Manchester United have been linked with moves for Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Victor Lindelof, but how could Jose Mourinho's defence look with those players in his back-four?
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How Manchester United could look with a defence worth £98m
Jose Mourinho opted against signing Victor Lindelof last month for £34.5million
Mourinho believes that Lindelof’s is one of the most exciting young players in Europe and is improvement on the players that he already has at the club.
But his dithering will mean that he will have to break the bank to get his man ahead of the competition.