Serie A giants AS Roma are reportedly keeping tabs on Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof this summer.
According to Forza Roma, UEFA Europa Conference League winners AS Roma are interested in signing Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof in the 2022 summer transfer window.
The Swedish international arrived at Old Trafford while Jose Mourinho was in charge and had mixed success under the Portuguese tactician. Mourinho is now in charge at AS Roma, and a reunion with the Manchester United could be on the cards.
The Serie A behemoths have enjoyed a good summer transfer window so far. The signing of Paulo Dybala can be considered a steal, while Georginio Wijnaldum also looks set to arrive in the Italian capital. Adding Lindelof will add further quality to a side that will hope to challenge for the Scudetto once again.
At 28, Lindelof is in the prime of his career and a star for the Swedish national team. His time at Old Trafford has, however, been marred with injuries and a lack of consistency. With Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire at the club, Lindelof is more or less Manchester United’s third-choice centre-back.
The arrival of Lisandro Martinez from Ajax, and the resurgence shown by Eric Bailly in pre-season could further hinder the Swede’s chances of garnering regular game time. A move to Roma could allow the Manchester United to rekindle a career that promised more and make a telling difference in the first XI.
Mourinho was the driving force behind Lindelof joining Manchester United, and it makes sense that he will want to reunite with the defender in Italy. Available for around €20 million, the Swede represents value for money.
The 28-year-old’s contract at Old Trafford expires in 2024, meaning Manchester United will do well to sell him now than risk watching his value diminish. However, with another Roma target, Eric Bailly also linked with a move away, it could prove to be risky for Manchester United to also part ways with Lindelof.
Erik ten Hag will need four senior centre-backs on his roster and is better off choosing to part ways with Bailly. Lindelof, for all his faults, still has much to offer and could thrive under a manager such as Erik ten Hag. Whether redemption at Manchester United lies ahead or a new challenge in Serie A remains to be seen.
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