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Chelsea targets Swedish defender whom Man United failed to sign

Antonio Conte has seen the asking prices of both Koulibaly and Leonardo Bonucci rising day by day, that’s why he has now turned his focus on Benfica’s £25million Swedish defender Victor Lindelof, reports the Metro.

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.

Manchester City are rivalling Chelsea’s interest in Bonucci and are willing to pay around £50million to sign the Italy star – despite the fact that he turned 29 two months ago.

Meanwhile, Everton and Bayern Munich have challenged Chelsea for 25-year-old Koulibaly whose club believe they can rake in around £45million for him.

Lindelof has a £25million release in his contract and impressed in his breakthrough campaign at Benfica last season.

He has been training with his club in England at St George’s Park.

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