Manchester United have completed their first January signing and it is a whooping £42million. The club completed the signing of Victor Lindelof from Benfica last night. Swedish press reports that Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira flew into England and the deal was completed overnight.
The 22-year-old Swedish centre back cost Manchester United £42million and this makes him Manchester United’s most expensive ever defender. He beats Rio Ferdinand’s £29.1m record signing from Leeds in 2002.
Victor Lindelof has won two Primeira Liga titles with Benfica and will link up with his Old Trafford team-mates in January.
Defender, Victor Lindelof’s role in Manchester United
The 6ft 2in defender will add a big physical presence to United‘s defence, while his calmness under pressure has earned him the nickname ‘Iceman’.
He will have a friend at Old Trafford in Sweden team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who gave the defender his seal of approval ahead of the move.
The lanky player won the European Under-21 Championship with Sweden in 2015 and already has Champions League experience under his belt.
Last January, Middlesbrough failed to land Lindelof after Benfica tried to add more clauses at the last minute.