Monday 21 October 2019

Doubts raised over Victor Lindelof's future as Man United defender linked with Barcelona

 

Lindelof established himself as first-choice centre-half last season after a troubled debut campaign. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA
Lindelof established himself as first-choice centre-half last season after a troubled debut campaign. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

James Ducker

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing a fresh headache after doubts were raised over Victor Lindelof's future at Manchester United and more attempts were made to deepen the wedge between the club and Paul Pogba.

Pogba and Romelu Lukaku are among the high-profile players who want to quit Old Trafford this summer and now Lindelof's agent has suggested the Sweden defender could be open to a move amid interest from Barcelona.

"Lindelof is in the orbit of a great European club but leaving United depends on the English club," Hasan Cetinkaya told 'Mundo Deportivo'.

Lindelof established himself as first-choice centre-half last season after a troubled debut campaign and the 24-year-old - who has two years left on his contract with the option of another year - has become an influential figure under Solskjaer. United are interested in signing Harry Maguire as a partner for Lindelof but have so far balked at Leicester City's £90m asking price.

Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian are among the defenders United want to offload but Solskjaer has little interest in allowing Lindelof to leave.

The manager - who is in Perth on the first leg of the club's pre-season tour - is due to address media today for the first time since Pogba declared his desire to leave, with Real Madrid his preferred destination ahead of old club Juventus.

Mino Raiola, Pogba's agent, poured more fuel on the fire yesterday by bizarrely claiming that United should have done more to support the player after he was criticised by fans for admitting he wanted a new challenge.

"The player has done nothing wrong," Raiola told Talksport. "He has been respectful and professional in every way and always. The club has known his feelings for a long time.

"It is a shame other people only like to criticise without the right information and I am also sorry that the club does not take any position against this. Hopefully there will soon be a satisfying solution for all parties."

Alexis Sanchez's future is also up in the air but so far no one has shown an interest in taking the Chile striker given the costs involved. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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