The 22-year-old now has to agree personal terms and pass a medical, but United are optimistic of making him their first major signing of the close season.
Manager Jose Mourinho is believed to be keen to strengthen his squad in several areas, including defence, after qualifying for next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League last month.
“Manchester United is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement with Benfica for the transfer of Victor Lindelof, subject to a medical examination, international clearance and personal terms,” said a statement on the club’s website (www.manutd.com).
“A further announcement will be made once the transfer is complete.”
Lindelof has long been linked with a move to United, but he remained tight-lipped about a possible shift ahead of Friday’s magnificent 2-1 win for
That all changed less than 24 hours later as Manchester United announced his signing.
Lindelof cut his teeth as a teenager in the tough surroundings of
A year later the club had been promoted to
After three years, he moved up to the A team and has not looked back since, winning three Portuguese league titles, playing in the Champions League and making his international debut against Turkey in March 2016.
He was soon linked to some of Europe’s biggest clubs and the chase intensified when
Lindelof is a superb reader of the game, strong in the tackle and well able to pass the ball when he wins possession.