Victor Lindelof to join Manchester United as deal agreed with Benfica

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 14, 2017

Lindelof will fly to Manchester soon after he completes his worldwide commitments with Sweden as they visit Norway for a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.

In a statement released on their official website, the English club said, "Manchester United is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Benfica for the transfer of Victor Lindelof, subject to a #Medical Examination, global clearance and personal terms".

Manchester United announced their first big transfer of the summer window on Saturday. Lindelof's move to United is subjected to medical and the player will travel to Manchester to complete his move.

The Portuguese is again closing in on the Sweden global, though, with Lindelof set to add to United's defensive options next term.

It's tempting to think that in buying Lindelof to play with Bailly, Mourinho is attempting to create a new version of what was perhaps United's finest center back partnership of the modern era in Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

Lindelof moved to Vasteras SK in 2009, but his progression into a top-level European defender happened at Benfica.

The Portuguese manager has already acquired one target in the form of Victor Lindelof from Benfica, and United are reportedly closing on the remaining four targets. Although he didn't stay with them for too long, Lindelof did help his team get promoted into the second highest league in Sweden despite it being his debut season. Smart with the ball at his feet, Lindelof is a very adept passer who can kickstart an attack.

Next season, the 22-year-old will take his place in Jose Mourinho's squad as they attempt to recapture the Premier League and make a fresh assault on Europe.

Lindelof came off a top season with Benfica last term as he celebrated a domestic double.

Mourinho may want to bring in a striker to replace the departing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the Portuguese identified United's defence as a key area for improvement at the turn of the year following lackadaisical performances from Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

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