UEFA Europa League winners Manchester United have signed Swedish defender Victor Lindelof for a fee of 35 million Euros from Portuguese champions SL Benfica on a four-year contract with an option for a further year.
The 22-year-old Victor Jörgen Nilsson Lindelof (spelled Lindelöf) is a versatile defender who prefers to play as centre-back and will make his debut on the summer tour of the USA in July 2017.
Victor Lindelof started his youth career with local Västerås clubs, IK Franke, Västerås IK and Västerås SK before he was signed by Benfica in December 2011. He played for their Under-19s and ‘B’ team before making his full Benfica senior team debut in October 2013.
Now Victor Lindelof joins Manchester United and said, “I am thrilled to be joining Manchester United. 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’m keen to get started and make my contribution to the team’s efforts to win more trophies.”
United manager Jose Mourinho said on the signing, “Victor is a very talented young player, who 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.”