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Manchester United reject shock approach for defender

Manchester United have rejected an approach from Olympique Lyon to sign Victor Lindelof this summer.

The Red Devils are looking to bring in defensive reinforcements of their own, but were surprised by an offer from the French side the under-fire defender last week.

Lindelof joined the Red Devils last summer from Benfica, but he struggled to adapt to the pace and physicality of the Premiership, and had to be defended by Jose Mourinho for much of the season.

He played 29 games for the Red Devils but he is still not Mourinho’s first choice defender. The Portuguese manager’s pursuit of a new defender also means that the Swede would fall further down the pecking order.

Lyon were hoping that Manchester United would cash in on the defender and use the money to sign a better alternative, but their approach has been rebuffed.

Mourinho is hopeful of completing a £65 million move for Harry Maguire before the transfer window closes, but he may need to sell first. The former Chelsea boss is willing to allow Marcos Rojo leave, but he feels Lindelof can get better with age as he is just 24.

The defender is set to resume preseason this week after an extended World Cup break.

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Updated: July 30, 2018 — 10:29 am
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