Defender keen on Benfica stay

Chelsea are being linked with a move for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof but the player is keen to stay with the Portuguese side.

Chelsea: Defender keen on Benfica stayChelsea: Defender keen on Benfica stay

Blues boss Antonio Conte is keen to bolster the heart of his defence and has just been hit by the news that John Stones has opted to leave Everton for Manchester City in a deal worth £47.5million.

Conte will now look elsewhere, but finding the right player is proving to be easier said than done and he could also struggle to land Lindelof.

The 22-year-old was a revelation for Benfica as they won the title last season and his form caught the eye of Conte, who would now like him on board at Stamford Bridge.

The central defender is available for £25million but it looks as though he would prefer to stay where he is when saying: “I love Benfica, so I will stay.”

Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly and Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi also remain on Conte’s wanted list as he looks to push through a deal before the transfer window closes.

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