Reported Manchester United target Victor Lindelof has the backing of current Red Devils star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who says his fellow Swede is ready to move to a “big club”.
The 22-year-old is plying his trade with Portuguese side Benfica in the Primeira Liga but has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks.
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“Victor is doing great things. He has a lot of responsibility for the national team,” Ibrahimovic said of the centre-half, according to Sky Sports.
“He is ready for the big clubs out there, it’s up to him and what he wants. I know he’s hot on the market.”
Lindelof has been a solid performer for the Lisbon outfit this season, keeping clean sheets in nine of his sixteen appearances.
The former Vasteras SK player made his international debut in March this year during the 2-1 friendly loss away to Turkey.
He has since gone on to earn 11 caps for Sweden and scored his first goal for his country in a World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria last month, a match that ended in a 3-0 win for the Scandinavians.
Speculation over a move to United seems to have arisen from the Manchester club’s injury crisis in the centre of defence, with Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling both missing at present.
Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo filled in for the 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the weekend, but it is unclear as to whether manager Jose Mourinho sees the pair as viable options in the long-term.
United will have to pay a premium should they pursue a move for Lindelof in January, as his Benfica contract is not set to expire until the summer of 2020.