Manchester United to make Victor Lindelof decision as Benfica team mate 'readies for Old Trafford move'

All the latest transfer news and reports from Old Trafford on Monday 23 January, 2017

Jack Austin
Monday 23 January 2017 10:15
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With only seven days of the January transfer window remaining, Manchester United are being made to make a decision on whether to pursue targets now or in the summer.

Benfica defender Victor Lindelof was widely expected to join the club at the start of the month but interest from United’s side has reportedly cooled.

And the club will this week, according to the Daily Star, make a decision on whether to sign the 22-year-old in a deal worth £38m.

Jose Mourinho indicated he would not make a major signing this month, leaving the door open for a move for the Swede at the end of the season, and United will make a decision on his future this week.

The club have money to spend this January, having raised around £45m through the sales of Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin.

However, Lindelof may not arrive this month, but according to Portuguese daily Record, the club will instead sign winger Goncalo Guedes.

The 20-year-old has reportedly said his goodbyes to his Benfica team mates ahead of an alleged £26m deal and will replace Depay who joined Lyon last week.

Meanwhile, United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he won’t stand in Wayne Rooney's way if a big-money move to China is put on the table for the club captain.

According to the Mirror, Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande and rivals Beijing Guoan are both prepared to pay £700,000-a-week to the 31-year-old.

“I don’t know, it’s up to him,” said Mourinho. “I don’t like to be critical of players who decide to go to China. It’s their life, it’s their organisation of their life, their organisation of their career.

“I know some of my colleagues think they are more important than they are and think they can interfere in the lives of other people, but I’m not that sort of guy.

“Everybody is responsible for their own life. I’m not critical with anyone.

"To be honest, in Wayne’s case, I have no idea because he has never mentioned it to me.”

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