Manchester United will not be signing Benfica defender Victor Lindelof in the January transfer window, according to manager Jose Mourinho.
The Swedish international remains linked with a big-money move from the Portuguese giants, where he would link up with former Sweden team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Mourinho says he has no interest in signing another central defender, despite Eric Bailly’s departure for the African Cup of Nations and Marcos Rojo having to be substituted in the first half of United’s 4-0 drubbing of Reading.
Manchester United have also been linked with Southampton captain Jose Fonte, who has recently handed in a transfer request.
‘No, I wait for Bailly and I hope the three (Phil Jones, Rojo, Chris Smalling) can control the situation in these matches,’ Mourinho said.
‘I am going to try to rest one for every game and try to make a rotation between these three. We still have Daley Blind as the fourth in case we need him to play centre-back and we have Michael Carrick.’
Earlier in the day, the Mirror had reported that the Lindelof deal was set to go ahead after the Swede’s boyhood club, Vasteras, negotiated their sell-on clause with Benfica down from 20 per cent to 10 per cent.