How Victor Lindelof’s £30m move to Manchester United saved his former club from possible extinction

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How Victor Lindelof’s £30m move to Manchester United saved his former club from possible extinction

Manchester United ‘s £30million signing of Victor Lindelof has saved the Swede’s former club from bankruptcy.

Part-time club Vasteras inserted a sell-on clause when they sold Lindelof to Benfica for €300,000 in 2011.

And they are believed to have received £3.6m as part of the deal that brought the centre back to the Premier League.

“Absolutely, it’s a safety net. Now I don’t have to lie there sleepless the day before the wages are paid,” Vasteras chairwoman Christina Liffner told Reuters .

“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.”

The defender joined from Benfica for £30m
(Image: Getty Images Europe)

Lindelof was sold to Benfica for an initial €100,000 with two further payments of the same amount due when he played his third under-21 match for Sweden and when he had played 10 senior games for the Portuguese giants.

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Vasteras also inserted a 20 per cent sell-on clause but Benfica insisted that the clause lapsed when the Swedish international signed a new contract.

But when Lindelof refused to sign another new contract that would have taken his buy-out clause to £52m, they opened talks with Vasteras about a compromise.

Vasteras were facing bankruptcy
(Image: @VSKFotboll /Twitter)

The Swedes’ president Bengt Ake Nilsson sent club representatives Stefan Pettersson and Lars Nilsson to Portugal to negotiate with his Benfica counterpart Luis Filipe Vieira.

And when they offered to slash their 20 per cent demand in half, an agreement was reached.

Liffner added: “They said that they had renegotiated Victor’s contract and that our old agreement wasn’t valid anymore.

“In the end we negotiated a new contract and there is a confidentiality clause in it, but everyone understands that we had to go down a bit.”

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