Lindelof Linked With Loan Move
Manchester United central defender Victor Lindelof is wanted on loan following his performances for Sweden at the World Cup finals.
The 23-year-old played in four of his country’s five games in Russia as Sweden reached the quarter-finals. But his impressive performances have brought him to the attention of a number of Europe’s top clubs – including his former side Benfica.
Lindelof moved to United last summer from the Portugese giants in a transfer worth just over £30million. But he failed to nail down a regular first-team place playing in just 17 Premier League games four of which were as a substitute.
Now, The Sun claims that Benfica are leading a chase of a number of sides looking to take Lindelof on loan.
Any move away from Old Trafford is unlikely to be sanctioned by Jose Mourinho. The Manchester United boss still regards Lindelof as part of his plans for the new season. For that reason alone he will tell Lindelof that he is staying at United for the coming season. Mourinho regards the Swede as a signing for the future rather than a short-term buy.
Lindelof won’t be leaving Manchester United – either temporarily or on a permanent basis.
Juventus Keen On Manchester United Transfer Target
Manchester United face competition from Juventus for young Molde striker Erling Haaland.
The 17-year-old Norwegian was watched earlier this months by scouts from Old Trafford and rumours have linked United with a possible bid.
But Italian newspaper Il Tiempo believes that Juventus will offer the Norwegian side an initial €5million for Haaland, the son of former Manchester City and Leeds United defender Alf Inge Haaland.
The teenager has scored a total of 10 goals in 26 league games for Molde including four goals in the first 21 minutes of a 4-0 win over league leaders Brann at the beginning of this month.
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s hopes of signing Juventus full-back Alex Sandro have been given a boost by the Serie A side’s signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portugese forward – whose impending exit from Real Madrid was announced on Tuesday – will cost Juve around £100million. The Italian champions may have to sell in order to remain within Uefa’s Financial Fair Play guidelines and that could lead to an exit for Sandro.
The Brazil international has been linked for much of the year with United. Juve value him at €60million (£52million).