Essien assesses Mourinho's first season at Manchester United

Four days later, the 22-year-old completed his switch to Old Trafford after agreeing a four-year deal with the Red Devils.

The Magpies are expected to recruit heavily this summer after they won the Championship last season to confirm their return to the Premier League. Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly are the quintet at the moment and the arrival of Lindelof will take that number to six, meaning some players will have to leave the club to lessen the wage bill.

Mourinho, who also lifted the League Cup but finished a disappointing sixth in the Premier League, was delighted to have bolstered United's defence.

"Victor is a very talented young player, who has a great future ahead of him at United", said Mourinho on Wednesday.

And he added: "I've spoken to him".

The Sweden worldwide, 22, has been tracked by the Red Devils in the past year, and is set to form a mouth-watering partnership with Eric Bailly, who impressed in his first season in English football.

He told MUTV that he was ready to fight for his place in the team.

"It feels great to know the coach wants you to finally be here". But wherever you play, you need to perform and adapt to the new environment, no matter whether it is Germany, Italy or Spain. I trust myself and it's going to be tough but I'm looking forward to it. It's a dream, something all players want. It's very important for me to hear what he has to say.

Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata and Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic are linked closest with United, while Fabinho could come in as midfield reinforcement.

Those costs were 26.385 billion reals ($8.2 billion) for, among other things, a subway line, a doping laboratory, a renovated port and cleanup of polluted Guanabara Bay.

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