Man United have secured their first signing of the summer transfer news by adding Swedish international Victor Lindelof to their defensive options for next season in a £31m deal from Benfica.
The 22-year-old completed a medical at Man United’s Carrington training ground on Wednesday afternoon, before putting pen to paper on a four-year deal, with the option of a further twelve months.
In a statement on the club’s website, Lindelof said he is delighted at having made the switch to the biggest club in the world and looks forward to winning more trophies with his new teammates.
“I am thrilled to be joining Manchester United,” said the versatile defender.
“I have enjoyed my time at Benfica enormously and I have learned a lot there. But I’m looking forward to playing in the Premier League at Old Trafford and for Jose Mourinho. I am keen to get started and make my contribution to the team’s efforts to win more trophies.”
Lindelof 47 appearances for the Portuguese champions last season as he won a third Portuguese league title with the club and a second Taca de Portugal.
Man United gaffer Jose Mourinho is also thrilled at having finally secured long-term target Lindelof and has no doubts that the Swedish defender will be a huge success at Old Trafford.
“Victor is a very talented young player,” said the Portuguese manager.
“He has a great future ahead of him at United. Our season last year showed us that we need options and quality to add depth to the squad and Victor is the first to join us this summer. I know that our fantastic group of players will welcome him as one of us.”
Man United will also hope to soon wrap up another big-money signing in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who is being brought in as a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will leave when his contract expires at the end of June.
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I have heard very good things about Victor Lindelof after he enjoyed a great season with Benfica and with the amount of money being thrown at players these days, I think a £31m for Lindelof could turn out to be a bargain.
The Man United defence was in much-needed of improvement with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones not enjoying a particularly good season, so Lindelof’s arrival is a very much a positive one.
A lot of fans are confident that Lindelof and Eric Bailly could form quite the partnership next season, as they hope the Swedish international is the answer to their defensive problems and help Man United challenger for the title again.
Man United have struggled for consistency since Sir Alex Ferguson and despite two trophies last season but with a few more new arrivals, I hope next season is the year that the Premier League trophy finally comes back to Old Trafford.