Victor Lindelof is set to join Manchester United for close to £31million this week, becoming their most expensive central defender of all time. The Sweden international is ready for a medical and is primed for a move from Benfica, with Ed Woodward looking at completing transfer business early for Jose Mourinho. Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the top 10 central defensive signings to have played for United in the Premier League era.
Manchester United have lodged a bid for Alvaro Morata as their aggressive transfer strategy begins to take hold. The Real Madrid striker will cost United upwards of £60million and is seen as a replacement for the recently released Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Real are hopeful of thrashing out a deal somewhere above £70m with further talks expected in the coming days.
Neymar rated as the world's most valuable player with Barca star worth £185m as £137m Alli is ranked SECOND
Barcelona star Neymar is still someway short of matching the goalscoring feats of team-mates Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, but the Brazilian has been valued as the world's most expensive player. In a new study by the CIES Football Observatory, the 25-year-old emerges as the most valuable footballer on the planet, ahead of Messi and Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli based on certain key criteria. Neymar is valued at an eye-watering £185million according to the research, based on performance, employer clubs, international status, contract, age, position and marketability.
Ronaldo is highest-paid sporting celeb with £73m... as NBA star LeBron James also makes top 10 list alongside Drake and Beyonce
Cristiano Ronaldo's aspirations to be the undisputed No 1 footballer in the world are plain to see and now the Portuguese star can lay claim to the highest-paid sporting celebrity. Forbes has released its annual list of the top 100 highest-paid entertainers with the Real Madrid and Portugal superstar sitting in fifth place. Ronaldo has dropped one place from fourth in 2017 but iconic No 7's earnings of £73.2 million supersede his footballing contemporaries.
Barcelona strikers Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have been joined by Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas for a holiday to Ibiza. The trio were spotted stepping out on the sunshine island with their families as they enjoy some time to rest following a gruelling season competing for honours. Messi and Suarez, who were with their respective partners Antonella Roccuzzo and Sofia Balbi, fell short of defending their La Liga title as fierce rivals Real Madrid claimed the crown.
England Under 21s have touched down at their Kielce training base ahead of the start of the European Championships in Poland. The Young Lions left Birmingham airport on Monday afternoon as look to emulate the success of their U20 counterparts - who clinched the U20 World Cup on Sunday.
Kane, Oxlade-Chamberlain and England team-mates enjoy light-hearted training session ahead of France friendly
Despite only picking up a draw in their World Cup qualifier against Scotland, the England camp seemed in a positive mood ahead of their friendly with France in Paris on Tuesday. Gareth Southgate led training on the eve of their match at the Stade de France following the weekend's 2-2 draw. Those who played against Scotland were back in action on Monday after being given training off the previous day and the brief rest clearly seems to have buoyed them to go again.
The scintillating Brazilian spent the 1990s and 2000s ripping apart defences for some of the Europe's greatest teams and was a phenomenon to behold. He notched up accolades during spells with PSV, Barcelona, Inter, Milan and, of course, was one of Real Madrid's Galacticos.
NEW France have been putting the final touches to their preparations ahead of the upcoming showdown with Gareth Southgate's England at the Stade de France. Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba took to the training pitch and set the tempo as Les Blues launched into a competitive session under a glowing Parisian sun. Manager Didier Deschamps put his men through their paces in St Denis, hoping to dispel any lingering concerns following their recent defeat to Sweden in Stockholm.
Two of the greatest players of all time will be coming to FIFA 18 Icons after EA Sports announced the inclusion of Pele and Diego Maradona. The South American giants will be joining former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo in Ultimate Team for the latest edition of the game, which will be coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC. And they are not the only legends who will be available to players of FIFA when the next edition drops on September 29.
Chaos in kickboxing fight as bloodied rival is knocked out while facing the WRONG way before fans storm the ring to start a brawl
All hell broke lose at a kickboxing championship on Saturday night after spectators entered the ring to attack one of the fighters following a controversial KO. Armenian Harut Grigorian was fighting Dutch athlete Murthel Groenhart at the Glory 42 Kickboxing Championship event in Paris. At the start of round two, Grigorian appeared to turn towards his corner with his gloves down after a knee to the head from Groenhart.
McGregor teases 'something big is coming' as UFC star hints Mayweather mega-fight is still in the pipeline
Conor McGregor has broken his unusually quiet social media activity by hinting at 'something big' in the pipeline. The Dubliner posed in some characteristically flamboyant clothing on his Instagram and Twitter post, donning a large blue overcoat lined with fur. His caption: 'Something big is coming' was accompanied by the cryptic hashtag #BP. The UFC champion has been linked with a mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather for months but there has been no apparent progress to thrashing out a deal in recent weeks.
Mata plays cruel but funny prank on Manchester United supporter whose Old Trafford visit quickly turns into disaster
Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata got his sweet revenge by playing a funny prank on a fan after being the victim of a practical joke himself recently by his own team-mates. Mata, who was set up not long ago by Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young, was eager to get his own back and that's exactly what he did.
Lindelof is United's new Swedish ball-playing defender - The Iceman idolised Gerrard, but can he be the next Rio?
Manchester United have moved quickly to bolster their defensive options with the arrival of Victor Lindelof, but how much do we know of the centre-back heading for the Premier League? The Sweden international will become Jose Mourinho's first summer signing for £30.7million after the fee was agreed with Benfica last week. Sportsmail has been in touch with Portugal football expert GONCALO LOPES to get the full inside track on the man heading for Old Trafford.
Lions gear up for Highlanders clash at indoor stadium as Farrell insists they're in no rush to replace injured Hogg
Luckless Scotland full-back Hogg collided accidentally with Conor Murray's elbow in Saturday's 12-3 win over the Crusaders. The Glasgow flyer is still sweating on the outcome of specialist examinations on his cheek, but defence coach Farrell believes the Lions boast a good array of alternative options.
Conor the great! Former New Zealand coach Sir Graham Henry praises 'world-beater' Murray after Lions put an end to Kiwi sneers
The hasty shift in Kiwi attitudes towards Warren Gatland’s Lions accelerated on Sunday when Sir Graham Henry hailed Conor Murray as the world’s best scrum-half. From his vantage point as a World Cup-winning former All Blacks coach, who took charge of the Lions in 2001, Henry recognised the significance of the Munster man’s towering contribution to this mood-changing victory.
Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has tied the knot with his long-term fiancée Camille Sold. The pair exchanged vows in a civil marriage on June 8 - 15 months after Sportsmail reported that Schneiderlin had proposed to Camille during her time as a shop assistant in Manchester City Centre. A beaming Camille posted a picture of her and her beau on Instagram, captioned: 'Mr & Mrs Schneiderlin,' with the loved-up snap instantly attracting thousands of likes.
TENSATIONAL! Nadal seals his very own La Decima: Spanish superstar takes Wawrinka apart at Roland Garros to claim tenth Paris title
MIKE DICKSON IN PARIS: From the straggly-haired teenager with no sleeves who emerged from left field to win in 2005, to the sporadically injured thirtysomething in 2017, it was never so straightforward. Such a monopoly did he exercise that he romped through the fortnight for the loss of just 35 games. The overall achievement is magnificent but Sunday's final was a non-event as he routed Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in just over two hours.
Na demonstrates 'unplayable' US Open rough at Erin Hills as he hacks at ball before losing it and blasts: 'Every hole we got this'
If Kevin Na's demonstration is anything to go by, the US Open at Erin Hills could descend into farce unless organisers rev up their mowers. On a video shared on his Instagram feed the Korean-American shows how unforgiving the fescue is at this year's tournament. Na throws his ball about three feet away into the long grass before finding it deep beneath the undergrowth.
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Getting away from it all: Rooney enjoys holiday with Brown while Real boss Zidane relaxes in Italy during pre-season holidays
Although the international break continues for the world's finest footballers, those not involved with their national teams have been able to soak up the sun and relax after a long and arduous season. For the likes of Harry Kane and Gary Cahill, there is still work to be done with the England team, but for Wayne Rooney, who is still the official England captain, summer came early when Gareth Southgate chose not to name him in his squad. The Manchester United star wasted no time in jetting off to sunnier climes with his wife Coleen and their children. He was even joined by his former team-mate and close friend Wes Brown as a recent Instagram post revealed.
Arsenal target Silva set for AC Milan as he arrives in Italy for medical ahead of £35million move from Porto
Andre Silva has joined Serie A giants AC Milan from Porto for £35million (€40million) on a five-year deal, the Serie A side have confirmed. Silva, who has drawn interest from Arsenal, was announced by AC Milan on Monday afternoon with a tweet confirming that he is 'officially a red & black player.'
Philippe Coutinho says talk of a move to Barcelona 'is complicated' and insists his sole focus is on playing for Brazil ahead of his country's friendly against Australia. The Liverpool star has been linked with a move to the Catalan side in the Spanish press, with Sport claiming Coutinho has already agreed a transfer to the Nou Camp.
While his international team-mates enjoyed a 7-0 win over San Marino this weekend, Manuel Neuer had a day of celebration himself too. The Germany goalkeeper became a married man as he and his wife Nina Weiss completed their nuptials. The happy couple tied the knot in the picturesque Adriatic town of Monopoli - which is in the province of Bari, Italy.
Guardiola, who turned out 298 times for the club in a stellar 10-year spell at the Nou Camp, read a manifesto at a rally of several thousand supporters of Catalan independence who gathered at a fountain in Barcelona on Sunday. The former Spain international continued his career for his hometown club when he turned to management and helped Barca to 11 major trophies in a four-year spell at the helm.
Lions full back Hogg suffers the unkindest of blows as Murray's raised elbow forces Scot to be replaced against Crusaders
The Lions had to overcome more than the Crusaders on Saturday — they had to deal with bad luck as well. Full-back Stuart Hogg left the field with blood pouring from a cut after running into the raised elbow of scrum-half Conor Murray as he chased the ball. Hogg set out to chase an up-and-under when Murray, in an attempt to move out of the way, raised his arms and caught the 24-year-old.
What a huge day for the Farrell family. On the pitch, Owen bossed the game from start to finish and showed why he is so fundamental to the Lions on this tour. Meanwhile, off the pitch, his dad, Andy, should take a bow for masterminding a huge defensive effort which cut down the best attacking side in Super Rugby at source. As he approaches the best years of his career, Owen Farrell brings a calmness and control to proceedings as well as his natural aggression and physicality. He is an unusual but brilliant mix, and his combination with Conor Murray, who was absolutely on top of his game at scrum-half, is going to be the beating heart of the Lions.
During Australia's innings of 277 for nine, batsman Glenn Maxwell was given a life by Liam Plunkett and he decided to take advantage two balls later by smashing Mark Wood hard to the midwicket boundary. Roy raced into position and with his foot fractions of an inch from the boundary rope held the catch but knew his momentum was taking him over the line. So he threw the ball up into the air as he went, keeping his eye on it all the time.To complete the catch, he nonchalantly stepped back on to the field, caught the ball again on its way down and celebrated removing one of the Aussies’ danger men.
Senior once beat Speith yet his biggest paycheck has only been £28,500... but the Lancastrian is still hoping to make big time
DEREK LAWRENSON: Asked to name the English golfers who inflicted the two most stinging defeats in Jordan Spieth’s career to date, any sports fan would easily get Danny Willett at the Masters last year. The other? Now here’s a story you will not have heard before. It happened at the 2011 US Amateur Championship at Erin Hills, which just happens to be the venue for this week’s US Open. Spieth was playing in his last Amateur before turning professional and was desperate to add the title to his US Junior Championship, but he could not get past a gritty Lancastrian by the name of Jack Senior.
Wozniacki makes up for French Open disappointment with a holiday in Sardinia with her San Antonio Spurs boyfriend Lee
The 26-year-old was beaten by eventual winner Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter finals at Roland Garros on Tuesday.
The sweaty taste of success: Patrick Stewart drinks champagne out of Ricciardo's boot at Canadian Grand Prix
There are many things you can expect to see when you go to a Formula One race - fast cars, quick overtakes, spectacular crashes to name three. What you generally don't expect is a veteran British actor drinking champagne out of one of the driver's shoes - but that is what those viewing the Canadian Grand Prix got to see.
England on course to qualify for World Cup 2018 after thrilling point against Scotland but same old faults remain
OLIVER HOLT AT HAMPDEN PARK: England and Scotland threw a cloth of gold over a cabbage patch at Hampden Park on Saturday. The magnificent end to their World Cup qualifier will live long in the memory but it acted as a camouflage for the well-meaning and energetic drudgery that had gone before. Both Gareth Southgate and Gordon Strachan seized upon the supercharged drama that saw three goals scored in the dying minutes of an astonishing 2-2 draw and, quite rightly, identified significant psychological promise in the fact that their players had refused to accept defeat when all seemed lost.