Manchester United are edging closer to bringing Victor Lindelof to the Premier League – which is certainly good news for all of you fantasy football managers out there.
United have reportedly agreed on a fee with Benfica for the Swedish defender, with only his medical left to complete.
The 22-year-old will seemingly fit in alongside Eric Bailly in Jose Mourinho’s line-up, and will provide a solid alternative to Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo.
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United have been trailing Lindelof all season, with transfer speculation peaking in January.
The Sweden international will become Mourinho’s first arrival of the window as the Portuguese works to strengthen his squad ahead of the new Premier League season.
What could this mean for your fantasy football team?
Some United fans may feel mildly disgruntled to see the club snap-up Lindelof instead of former academy graduate Michael Keane, but fans can be rest assured the young defender is the real-deal.
The Swede has won three league titles along with two domestic trophies in Portugal, and was a mainstay in the Sweden side that won the European Under-21 championship in 2015.
Lindelof also has 12 caps for the senior side.
According to WhoScored, Dream Team’s ratings providers, Lindelof was by-far the highest performing young defender in the Primeira Liga last season, earning himself a respectable 7.03 rating over a massive 32 appearances for Benfica.
To put that into context, no defender under the age of 25 played more times for their club in the Portuguese top-flight, with centre-back partner Luisao fairly only slightly better in the ratings with 7.09 despite his vast experience.
With Lindelof expected to complete the move to Old Trafford over the next week or so, we can begin to speculate what the stylish defender could add to your Dream Team line-up.
We estimate his value will be around the same as his future United teammates Bailly and Rojo (both £3.5m) were valued at the beginning of last season.
When can I sign up to Dream Team?
You can start getting your teams in as early as July 3 2017 – some six weeks before the Premier League season gets underway.
That gives you an awfully long time to monitor the transfer market and choose your team accordingly, with City’s new signings likely to be hot on the agenda for Dream Team managers.
The closing date for the season game, therefore, will be the first day of the Premier League campaign on August 12 2017.