Manchester United have reportedly finalised the long-awaited transfer of defender Victor Lindelof from Portuguese giants Benfica.
The Sweden international will link up with the Red Devils for an undisclosed fee once he undergoes the necessary formalities later in the month. The 22-year-old had been on the United radar since the festive period, but Jose Mourinho was reluctant to push through a deal in January as he felt it would unsettle his current crop of players who had maintained a long unbeaten league streak.
Portuguese outlet Record recently suggested that the deal is near completion and the Europa League holders have reacted to the speculation by making an official announcement regarding the progress, the statement read: “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 further announcement will be made once the transfer is complete.”
Mourinho had to change his centre back partnership on a regular basis during the previous campaign with the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones struggling to keep their fitness levels through the course of the season. The arrival of Lindelof is likely to bolster the heart of the midfield significantly as he is expected to get straight into the lineup alongside Eric Bailly. Lindelof was a regular for Benfica in the 2016/17 season as they celebrated a Cup and League double. He has also made significant strides towards becoming a regular for Sweden, and his ability to also feature in the right-back spot provides the versatility which Mourinho prefers in his players. The former Vasteras man is likely to receive a five-year deal with the Mancunian giants with the prospect of receiving a wage in excess of £100,000 a week.