Manchester United Transfer News: Who is Victor Lindelof, Jose Mourinho's First Summer Signing?

Jose Mourinho has moved quickly at the start of the summer 2017 transfer window to address Manchester United's defensive concerns.

United has agreed a deal worth a reported £31 million for Swedish international center back Victor Lindelof.

Lindelof, 22, will be expected to line up in United's back four alongside Eric Bailly, the Ivorian signed in the summer of 2016.

This has been a transfer long in gestation. Lindelof, who can also play at right back like Fabinho, another of United's summer transfer targets, was linked with a move to Old Trafford back in the January transfer window.

It's tempting to think that in buying Lindelof to play with Bailly, Mourinho is attempting to create a new version of what was perhaps United's finest center back partnership of the modern era in Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

While Bailly is hardly a slouch on the ball, Lindelof, who began his career as a youth player at IK Franke in the central Swedish city of Vasteras, is a reassuring, skilful presence in possession.

Lindelof moved to Vasteras SK in 2009, but his progression into a top-level European defender happened at Benfica. He joined the Portuguese giant in 2012, initially playing in the club's youth system before graduating to the first team in the autumn of 2013.

Intriguingly, Vasteras could also benefit from Lindelof's proposed move to Old Trafford (he has yet to undergo a medical, scheduled for Monday). The Times reports Vasteras, which plays in the Swedish third tier, will receive £3 million should the transfer be completed due to a sell-on clause agreed with Benfica.

Lindelof can count Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for one, among his admirers. In November 2016, when Lindelof's name was first linked with United, Ibrahimovic said his former Sweden teammate was "good enough" for the club. "I think Victor is doing great things, he is playing good for Benfica, he gets a lot of responsibility for the national team now, he is growing.

"Is he good enough for United? I think he's good enough for the big clubs out there. It's up to him what he wants and what the situation says."

Lindelof will not get to play alongside Ibrahimovic at United this season — the striker has been released following a serious knee injury suffered in the spring —but if he can provide half the impact, albeit in a different position, he will have been a success.