Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be gone, but the Old Trafford won’t be without a Swede next season. United have announced the signing of 22-year-old defender Victor Lindelof.
Manchester United is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement with Benfica for the transfer of Victor Lindelof, subject to a medical examination, international clearance and personal terms
a club statement read, adding
a further announcement will be made once the transfer is complete.
The Sweden international, member of the Under-21 team that won the European championship two years ago, moved to Benfica when he was still a teenager, back in 2011, and has won everything in Portugal with them.
As for the fee, Benfica themselves announced that United will pay 35 million euros, which could reach 45 million, if the player meets certain targets during his time at Old Trafford. It’s a lot, it’s said to be the reason the Old Trafford club didn’t complete the transfer back in January, but it seems that Jose Mourinho decided the young Swede is worth it, after all.
After Lindelof’s signing, it remains to be seen what will happen with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, two centre-backs who were publicly criticised by their Portuguese manager during the season. Also, it remains to be seen if United will move to add another defender to their roster.