Manchester United have officially announced the signing of Victor Lindelof for a fee of £30.7m after the Swede successfully completed his medical on Wednesday.
The club’s official website announced last Saturday that a deal with Benfica over the 22-year-old’s signature had been agreed.
Lindelof, known as the “Ice Man” to teammates, was on international duty at the time and could therefore only finalise the move after Sweden’s World Cup qualifier with Norway on Tuesday night.
“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.”
“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.”
So, there we are, folks: the first transfer done and dusted – executed in similarly ruthless fashion to the way Mourinho landed Eric Bailly back in the early stages of June 2016.
We are, with Lindelof joining the Ivorian and Chris Smalling reportedly set for a move away this summer, edging closer to the kind of exuberant, no-nonsense and ruthlessly imposing defensive frontier wanted by Mourinho. With Lindelof and Bailly, Mourinho has two of the brightest defensive prospects in world football under one roof.
They will, you suspect, healthily compete for a place alongside Marcos Rojo when he returns from injury, pushing each other and improving as warriors in the process.
But make no mistake: this signing is just the start.