Manchester United have confirmed on their official website, that they have reached an agreement with SL Benfica over the transfer of Victor Lindelof.
After a transfer saga spanning over six months, Manchester United have finally managed to reach an agreement with SL Benfica over the transfer fee for the purchase of Victor Lindelof, the Red Devils have confirmed on their official website.
Victor Lindelof has been perennially linked with Manchester United since January, when the Red Devils were close to the deal before Mourinho pulled the plug. The rumours resurfaced towards the end of the season. However, there were conflicting reports arriving on the situation every other day.
There were rumours of United securing the Lindelof deal and subsequently, speculation was rife about Lindelof dismissing the said news. However, the Red Devils have finally confirmed that Lindelof is soon to be a United player.
Victor Lindelof is a red! 🔴
— Man Utd Videos ⚽️🎦 (@ManUtdVines) June 10, 2017
The 22-year-old has been signed by the club, subject to medical examination, personal terms and international clearance, post which we can expect a much formal and clearer announcement of the signing.
Lindelof will slot in at the back besides Eric Bailly, who has been one of the United’s best players in the recently concluded season after arriving last summer. And United fans would hope Lindelof is able to have a similar impact on the squad and their results.
The 22-year-old has had a solid season for SL Benfica and is now set to become the first player from the club to sign for Manchester United, after the Red Devils were left frustrated in their pursuit of other players at previous times, the main ones being Nicolas Gaitan and Ezequiel Garay.
Man United are paying €35m (£30.7m) for Lindelof. He was on a three-man list of centre backs José gave Ed Woodward – with M Keane & Van Dijk
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) June 10, 2017
According to Sky Sports, the player is likely to cost United somewhere around £30 million – a reasonable and commendable negotiation job considering the prices prevailing in the present inflated condition of the transfer market.
Lindelof recently starred at the back for Sweden as they earned a shock 2-1 win over France in the Qualifiers of the 2018 FIFA World Cup – a result that saw them topple France to become the leaders of Group A on goal difference.
The Swedish international will be pleased to join a club that is guaranteed Champions League football, with SL Benfica due to face a qualifier that will decide their Champions League fate.
It would be interesting to see how fast the 22-year-old is able to adapt to the surroundings at Old Trafford. However, the signing is an encouraging sign that the Red Devils are ready to do business and are ready to do business quick.