Manchester United sign Sweden defender Lindelof

June 15, 2017
Sweden's Ola Toivonen, centre, celebrates with teammates Victor Nilsson Lindelof, left, and Mikael Lustig after scoring the winning goal during a World Cup 2018 group A qualifying soccer match between Sweden and France at the Friends Arena in Solna, Stockholm.

MANCHESTER, England (AP):

Manchester United have made Victor Lindelof the team's first off-season signing, bringing in the Sweden centre back from Benfica for €35 million (£39.4 million).

Both clubs announced the transfer yesterday.

Benfica gave the fee, which could rise by €10 million (£$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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