O Relatório e Contas do 1.º Semestre 2016-17 da Benfica SAD. ➡ https://t.co/sTcDg4zOUF— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) March 5, 2017
The most notable passage reads: “Benfica chose to extend the employment relationship with Lisandro López for three more sports seasons until June 30, 2021, and with Victor Lindelof until the end of the 2020/2021 season.”
The statement also made reference to agreements that the club would own the 'total economic rights' for Lindelof and a number of other players until the end of June in 2021, hinting at a long-term extension for the Swedish centre back.
United are still expected to make a move for the Benfica man in the summer, but face the prospect of paying out a significantly higher fee to the Portuguese club if they pursue a permanent transfer.
Fellow Swede and former Manchester City youth prospect John Guidetti admitted to Expressen recently that he would have backed a move to United for his close friend despite his previous club allegiances, saying: "Haha, no, I can not say. I wanted it to be what he wanted.
When pressed for details, he added: "You'll have to ask him about [it]. I have privacy.
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