The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been deeply unimpressed by the form of Victor Lindelof since his arrival from Benfica last year, but recent reports suggest his career at Old Trafford could be coming to a premature ending this summer.
Victor Lindelof arrived at United with high expectations after he moved to the club in a £31.5 million deal last summer, but he has failed to justify his price-tag during his career so far. A handful of high-profile mistakes alongside plenty of lacklustre performances have caused our resident Red Devils to question if he has either the ability or potential to become a success in the Premier League.
It’s certainly too early to write him off just yet, as he needs time to adapt to his new surroundings, but reports emerging from the Daily Mail last weekend strongly suggest Jose Mourinho has already lost patience with the Swedish international. According to the report, United are interested in signing Harry Maguire (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) from Leicester City this summer in a deal worth £35 million.
United’s interest in the 25-year-old centre-back is hardly surprising considering the rapid rate of progress he has made in the space of just two seasons in English football. Maguire earned a move to Leicester City last summer following his relegation with Hull City and, his performances since moving to the Foxes earned him his first England cap in October 2017.
The level of quality he has demonstrated during the season suggests he has a fantastic chance of breaking into Southagate’s starting eleven when England kick-off their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on the 18th June, so if United are planning on making to make a bid for his services they would be smart make it before he attracts interest from rival clubs on the international stage.
The signing of Maguire would certainly enable United to take a step towards bridging the gulf in class between themselves and Man City next season, but it would almost certainly be at Lindelof’s expense. With Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly and Maguire all vying for two starting positions within Mourinho’s first team, it’s likely that Lindelof will struggle for selection into the first-team squad after Maguire’s arrival, never mind the starting eleven.
Lindelof is running out of time to prove himself on his debut season and, unless he demonstrates a marked improvement during the final few weeks of the season, the arrival of Maguire or another quality centre-back will serve to end his career at Old Trafford this summer.
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