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Benfica’s Sweden international Victor Lindelöf has been linked with a big-money move to the Premier League since the January transfer window, with Manchester United said to be keen in bringing the £35 million rated centre-back to Old Trafford after deciding against a move at the start of the year.
The 22-year-old, who is a commanding presence at 6ft 2 inches, is known in his home country as the ‘Iceman’, due to his composure and comfortability with playing the ball out of defence instead of being a typical Premier League no-nonsense defender, the longest ball he played last season was just 36 metres in length.
Lindelöf has been compared to former United centre-back Rio Ferdinand, with his impressive speed another key attribute to his game. The Swede very rarely gives away fouls, last season in the Portuguese Primeira League Lindelöf was given just one yellow card all season and didn’t make a single defensive error in the 32 appearances he made.
Current Man Utd striker Zlatan Ibrahimović has been impressed with his countryman, Lindelöf only broke into the Swedish national side in 2016, after helping the country’s under-21 side to victory in the 2015 European Championships.
Ibrahimović whose confident personality is not dissimilar in Lindelöf said, ‘I think Victor is doing great things. He is playing good for Benfica and gets a lot of responsibility now from the national team. I think he’s good enough for the big clubs out there. It’s up to him what he wants.’
Lindelöf has also been linked with Italian side Roma recently, and his emergence on the European scene has been a steady, after he made his debut for Benfica in 2013.
Lindelöf joined Benfica as a 17-year-old way back in December 2011, after starting his professional career at Vasteras SK; a lower division Swedish side. After playing for Benfica’s youth and B sides, Lindelöf made his debut in a Portuguese Cup match in September 2013, and played sporadically before becoming a first-team regular during the 2015-16 season after injuries paved the way for him.
The form of Lindelöf contributed towards Benfica winning last season’s Portuguese Liga title and that carried on into this campaign, with the Big Swede putting in a number of impressive outings during Benfica’s Champions League run which ended in the last-16. He has been a mainstay in an impressive season which has seen Aguias retain their league title, and emerge victorious in the Portuguese Super Cup and the Taca de Portugal cup competition.
If Lindelöf makes the move to England, he could face former team mate Ederson who is expected to join Manchester City in the coming days for a work record fee for a goalkeeper.
Watch the best bits of Victor Lindelof’s 16/17 season here: