Chelsea have reportedly accepted Benfica’s price demands for the sale of Victor Lindelof, whom Manchester United once tried to sign but failed in their bid.
On Thursday, A Bola published a story where they made a list of all of Benfica’s potential sales for this summer. And one of them is obviously Lindelof.
It’s been reported that Chelsea have been trying to bargain, as they ready to offer €25m for the defender who has a €30m release clause.
Now the paper claims that the Blues have informed they can pay €30m, but only if Benfica accept to receive it in various payments.
There’s no such information till now whether Benfica would accept this bid or not. They couldn’t do anything if Chelsea paid it in cash, but this offer gives the Portuguese side the power to say yes or no.
It’s also very unusual for a Portuguese paper to report a bid in such a discreet way. The other Portuguese papers would surely have talked about it this week if it were true, so we’ll see if A Bola are only selling smoke.
Antonio Conte has seen the asking prices of both Koulibaly and Leonardo Bonucci rising day by day, that’s why he turned his focus on Benfica’s Swedish defender Victor Lindelof.
Manchester United are believed to have made an approach for him last season but had it rebuffed by his club.
The Blues are sizing up the 22-year-old Swede with the bidding for both Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci and Napoli counterpart Kalidou Koulibaly escalating.
From the number of positions the 21-year-old can play, it isn’t a surprise that some of the bigger clubs are out looking for him.
Lindelof can play either as a centre-back or in midfield, something that Tottenham fans would be well accustomed to regarding the switch in position of Eric Dier this season.
The Swede made only 27 appearances for Benfica last season and played just 360 minutes in the league season, which states that he just might not be ready for the big time on a regular basis.
Lindelof for all his abilities would not end up going into the first team, but would be gradually brought into the side.