The defender will pen a deal that will increase his release clause, though that is unlikely to deter the Red Devils from a January move

Manchester United target Victor Lindelof is set to sign a new contract with Benfica in a move that will see the Old Trafford club fork out over £50 million for his signature but, ultimately, not hinder a move.

O Jogo are claiming that the defender will pen a new contract with a higher release clause, scuppering United’s initial plans to sign him for £38m.

However, Jose Mourinho is still prepared to bring Lindelof to the club given Eric Bailly’s departure for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017 and will sanction a transfer for the Swede in January.

Benfica owe Lindelof’s previous club Vasteras 20 per cent of a fee received for him, which will see the Primeira Liga giants pay out over £10m if the move to United goes through.


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