United signs Sweden defender Lindelof from Benfica
Sweden's Ola Toivonen, centre, celebrates with teammates Victor Nilsson Lindelof, left, and Mikael Lustig after scoring the winning goal during the World Cup 2018 group A qualifying soccer match between Sweden and France Friday June 9, 2017 at the Friends Arena in Solna, Stockholm. (Marcus Eriksson/TT via AP)

United signs Sweden defender Lindelof from Benfica

    June 15, 2017 - 8 months 5 days ago

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United has made Victor Lindelof the team's first offseason signing, bringing in the Sweden center back from Benfica for 35 million euros ($39.4 million).

Both clubs announced the transfer on Wednesday.

Benfica gave the fee, which could rise by 10 million euros ($11.25 million) in add-ons. United said the 22-year-old Lindelhof has signed a four-year contract with the option of a further year.

Lindelof made 32 appearances this season as Benfica retained the Portuguese league title. He began his career with Vasteras SK and moved to Benfica in 2011, progressing through the club's youth system before establishing a place in the first team during the 2015-16 season.

United manager Jose Mourinho said Lindelof is a "very talented young player," adding "our season last year showed us that we need options and quality to add depth to the squad."


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