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Victor Lindelof’s transfer to Man United saved a third-tier Swedish club from bankruptcy

Money doesn’t appear to be an issue for club’s in England these days.

So far this summer, Romelu Lukaku moved to Manchester United from Everton for £75million, Arsenal broke their transfer record to sign Alexandre Lacazette and Man City made Kyle Walker the most expensive defender of all-time.

He’s good, but is he £50million good?

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He’s good, but is he £50million good?

But among the incoming players to the Premier League, nobody really batted an eyelid when United paid £30m to sign Victor Lindelof from Benfica.


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The fee stands as a huge profit for the Portuguese side, who snapped up the hard-tackling defender for a measly £53,000 back in 2011 from little-known club Vasteras.

And it looks like the third-tier side from Sweden is still profiting from the player, as the money received from a lucrative sell-on clause in his contract have effectively saved the club from liquidation.

New boy

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New boy

Whoever negotiated the deal is a genius.

Reading the small print, Lindelof’s transfer agreement included an extra payout to Vasteras when he played his third under-21 match for Sweden and when he had played 10 games for Benfica.

But it was his sell-ion clauses which has really benefited the struggling club, who received a massive 20 percent of the Swede’s transfer fee when he moved to United.

Our maths isn’t great, but doesn’t that work out at around £6million?

Lindelof has already made 12 appearances for Sweden

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Lindelof has already made 12 appearances for Sweden

Well, sort of.

Annoyingly, the Portuguese giants claimed the clause was terminated when he signed a new contract in 2015.

But a compromise was eventually reached following negotiations between the two clubs, meaning Vasteras still went away with around £3.6m for their former man.

And the club’s chairwoman Christina Liffner is pretty pleased.

Speaking to the Independent, she said:”Absolutely, it’s a safety net. Now I don’t have to lie there sleepless the day before the wages are paid.

“We have said that we want to build an academy. What does that cost per year? We can put aside that much in a special account that can only be used for that.”

Johan Mjallby made 49 appearances for Sweden during his playing days

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Johan Mjallby made 49 appearances for Sweden during his playing days

Meanwhile, Vasteras manager Johan Mjallby has backed Lindelof to be a hit at Old Trafford, despite a shaky start during his first pre-season friendly against LA Galaxy.

He said: “He’s going to surprise some people with his simplicity.

“To play simply is the hardest thing for many players.

“Benfica is a big club, but Manchester United is a gigantic club.

“He’s been bought for big money, so there will be less patience … but he can deliver.

“I have no doubts about that.”

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