Anders Lindegaard could be about to end his nightmare at Manchester United after Benfica showed an interest in signing him in the January transfer window, reports the Daily Star.
The Denmark international moved to Old Trafford in 2010 from Aalesund, but has since made just 19 Premier League appearances for the club. Most of those appearances came during a patch spell of form for David de Gea in 2012.
However, now the Spanish international is a firm first choice for Louis van Gaal and seems to be only getting better. With news that Manchester United may be signing Victor Valdes on a short-term deal, Lindegaard is reportedly looking for a new club.
Ready to leave
And despite his lack of first team action over the last four years, Portuguese champions Benfica are ready to give him an opportunity to revitalise his career away from Old Trafford.
The Primera Liga outfit had attempted to sign the 27-year-old in the summer transfer window, but were warded off by the player. However, Lindegaard's agent has since got in contact to tell them that his client is now ready to negotiate a deal.
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But Manchester United fans should not be too quick to say goodbye to the less-than-great Dane, as his latest Instagram post suggested he was ready to stay with the 13-time Premier League champions.
Posting on October 30, Lindegaard attached a picture of himself in the Old Trafford tunnel with the caption: "Follow the light #Loyalty #manchesterunited #mufc #oldtrafford".
It suggests that he is less than concerned with Valdes' presence on the Carrington training ground. However, it remains a fact that Lindegaard is unlikely to get game time at Manchester United unless De Gea succumbs to injury and Valdes is not signed as expected.
More competition at Benfica
Benfica may not be the best option for Lindegaard, as they already have Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar between the sticks. At 35-years-old, Cesar is certainly approaching the end of his career, but some goalkeepers have stayed at the top into their 40s.
It could, therefore, be the case that he would arrive in Portugal only to find a space reserved for him on the bench once agian.