Erik ten Hag rejected ‘approach’ from Atletico Madrid for Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag rejected an ‘approach’ from Atletico Madrid for Sweden international Victor Lindelof, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano on Twitter (h/t Metro).
The Dutch manager is keen on keeping a hold of the 28-year-old. As such, Los Rojiblancos have been rebuffed by the Red Devils in their search for a centre-back.
Diego Simeone’s team are looking to bring in a new defender as Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers are pushing for the signing of the Spanish side’s star Felipe.
After the Old Trafford side declined the La Liga outfit’s approach, they have now turned to Leicester City. The Metropolitano Stadium side are now eyeing Caglar Soyuncu.
Lindelof joined United in the summer of 2017 from SL Benfica. After settling in Manchester for a season, the Swedish national became a regular first-team player at the Old Trafford side.
However, in the current campaign, the 28-year-old has gone down the pecking order. Under the new head coach, the centre-back has started just four games in the English top flight.
Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez have been Ten Hag’s preferred choices in the backline. The France and Argentina stars have formed a formidable partnership at United.
The Dutch manager also has Harry Maguire in the ranks. While the 29-year-old has struggled this season, the England international’s performances at the World Cup have revived his stock. Luke Shaw has also done a decent job as a centre-back in recent fixtures.
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Thus, while the gaffer does not want to lose Lindelof, it seems unlikely that the Swedish national will want to remain a bit-part player at the Old Trafford side. Therefore, if not in January, the Red Devils will seemingly need to make a decision on the 28-year-old’s future in the coming transfer windows.