Benfica boss Rui Vitoria has confirmed that the club have plans in place to replace Victor Lindelof as the defender most likely is to move to Manchester United.
The Sweden international is on the verge of becoming Jose Mourinho’s first January signing at Old Trafford in a £37.8 million transfer from the Portuguese champions.
Lindelof may have played his last game for Benfica on Wednesday evening as they ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Rio Ave, and after the match, Vitoria admitted he was not worried about replacing the central defender.
‘If this happens we will certainly find solutions,’ he said.
‘We have a B team full of great players and some of them will eventually represent Benfica.
‘This is the life of Benfica, the quality exists here.
‘If you leave, players will arrange solutions inside or, if necessary, outside. We are prepared, there are many players here eager to play.’
Earlier on Wednesday, Jose Mourinho remained coy over a move for Lindelof but stressed that United would not be making multiple signings in the upcoming window.
‘In Portugal, the front pages say every player in Portugal now is coming to Manchester United,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘It’s normal, a few seasons ago every player from Portugal was going to Chelsea, going to Real Madrid, it’s normal with the connection.
‘But I keep saying the same, I like my squad. I believe more in the summer market than in the winter window. More time, more choice, I think it’s better. But let’s see what happens.
‘If we buy a player we buy a player, we’re not buying two, three or four. If we open the door for someone to leave it’s not because we push him, it’s because he really wants to leave.
‘But for me, I am more than happy to keep the players.’