Man Utd want £80m defender to partner Lindelof; Solskjaer wants Swede to stay

Manchester United have no interest in selling Swedish defender Victor Lindelof this summer.

This comes after concerns were raised over Lindelof’s future at Old Trafford, with Barcelona said to be interested in the 24-year-old.

“Lindelof is in the orbit of a great European club but leaving United depends on the English club,” Lindelof’s agent Hasan Cetinkaya told Mundo Deportivo.

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However, the Telegraph report that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ‘little interest’ in selling Lindelof who has now established himself as the best centre-half at the club.

Lindelof had a shaky first season at Old Trafford but settled well last season, looking far more composed under pressure.

Selling the Swedish international is unthinkable given the Reds are already ridiculously short in central defence.

United still require a centre-back this summer and the Telegraph’s report claims Leicester City’s Harry Maguire is still the man they are looking for.

The Reds want Maguire to partner Lindelof at Old Trafford next season, but are currently not prepared to pay the obscene £90m valuation set for the Englishman.

The Sun reported that United were said to be preparing an £80m bid for the 26-year-old defender.

Maguire would be much needed upgrade for Solskjaer in central defence, but United will surely not match the demanded fee if Leicester are not willing to budge on their asking price.

Whether it is Maguire or an alternative such as Benfica’s Ruben Dias, it is essential the Reds strengthen in central defence with just a month to go until the transfer window shuts.

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