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Transfer News: Jose Mourinho’s side could contact Manchester United in January for this defender

Jose Mourinho watches as Manchester United defender, Victor Lindelof, takes a throw in.
Jose Mourinho watches as Manchester United defender, Victor Lindelof, takes a throw in. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

AS Roma to contact Manchester United for Victor Lindelof

According to Rudy Galetti (h/t Football London), AS Roma could contact Manchester United for centre-back Victor Lindelof in the upcoming January transfer window.

Jose Mourinho was keen to add to his defensive ranks in the summer and Roma’s start to the season where the team has not looked defensively solid is a critical factor for the need for defensive reinforcements.

Alongside Lindelof, Tottenham Hotspur’s Japhet Tanganga and Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah are also considered by the Italian side.

Victor Lindelof was brought to Manchester United by Jose Mourinho and the Portuguese manager is vary of the defender’s abilities and what he can offer to Roma.

After making a name for himself in the Liga Nos with Benfica, Manchester United paid £31m to acquire the Swedish defender’s services.

Fair to say, his first season at Manchester United was not good as the player was unable to adapt to the physicality and intensity of the Premier League and was caught out on multiple occasions.

Lindelof was signed by Mourinho at Manchester United
Mourinho signed Victor Lindelof at Manchester United

His performances levelled up in the following seasons with the defender able to showcase his comfort in playing out from the back and was a mainstay in defence under Jose Mourinho and also Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Current Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag has somewhat established his preferred defensive set-up in Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez, with Lindelof now fourth in the pecking order of the team’s centre-backs.

This is in stark contrast to the previous seasons where Lindelof has been a part of the Manchester United starting-line ups and surely would be upsetting for the player.

Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof with Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof with former Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Image: RICHARD WAINWRIGHT 20190717001409312555)

Lindelof is a good player to have as a fourth-choice centre-back and it remains to be seen if United will let him leave mid-season especially if they don’t already have a replacement in mind.

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However, as we have seen with recent transfer markets, there is a possibility of a transfer where there is a strong interest along with limited game time for the player, enticing both parties to make the move.

Written by Yuvraj Singh

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