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Man United target Victor Lindelof breaks silence over transfer speculation

But Benfica defender offers little encouragement and hints he would prefer to stay in Portugal amid talk of a £30million move

VICTOR LINDELOF has responded to transfer speculation linking him with Manchester United.

But what the 22-year-old Swedish international has to say is not good news for Jose Mourinho.

Victor Lindelof...United were hoping to seal a £30million deal

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Victor Lindelof…United were hoping to seal a £30million deal

For the Benfica central defender hints that he would prefer to stay in Portugal.

Reports in Portugal claimed a £30million deal is about to be done for a player United have been keen on since January

Nothing obviously happened then and Lindelof, nicknamed the Iceman, was instead handed a new contract at Benfica that takes him up to 2021.

Now Lindelof’s name is hot news again with United thought to be keen on a double deal along with his Benfica team-mate Nelson Semedo.

Swedish star Lindelof broke his silence on his link with United

Swedish star Lindelof broke his silence on his link with United

Lindelof certainly hasn't offered United any encouragement

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Lindelof certainly hasn’t offered United any encouragement

The pair could cost up to £83million but Lindelof told VLT: “There are rumours that there is always, at all times.

“I will say the same thing I always do, I have a contract with Benfica.

“I have played there for five years and really enjoy myself.

“I’m still young and I feel I’m developing all of the time, football down there gives me a lot.

“So my answer will always be that I get on very well at Benfica and that’s where my focus is.”

Chris Smalling...could leave United if Lindelof does arrive at Old Trafford

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Chris Smalling…could leave United if Lindelof does arrive at Old Trafford

Lindelof made 47 appearances in all competitions for Benfica last season.

Mourinho has Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo as main centre-backs at the club – but Rojo is injured until 2018.

Should Lindelof arrive after all it may mean the departure of one of his existing crop, with United allegedly ready to offload Smalling this summer, with West Ham and West Brom the early front-runners.