Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists fellow Swede Victor Lindelof is ready to make the step up with reports linking him with a move to the club.
The Red Devils, 17.00 to win the Premier League, are reportedly close to announcing the deal after agreeing a £38million fee with Portuguese giants Benfica earlier this week.
United’s board are still in talks with Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira but a deal could be finalised at the start of the January transfer window.
Benfica were hoping to keep the right-back after qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League, with Lindelof playing a key role.
United boss Jose Mourinho has identified Lindelof as his main target for next month due to a number of injuries at the back, with Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones all struggling on occasions this season.
Lindelof played in all of Sweden’s games at Euro 2016 alongside Ibrahimovic and the 35-year-old forward is adamant his fellow countrymen can succeed at Old Trafford.
“He is growing. He has a lot of responsibility with the national team now,” Ibrahimovic is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“Is he good enough for United? I think he is ready for the big clubs out there. It is up to him what he wants and what the situation says.
Whatever he chooses, it will be good for him. “I know he is hot on the market so let him make the right choice for him.”