Victor Lindelof could reportedly leave Manchester United this summer, one year before his contract expires, with Inter Milan interested in a deal. After slipping down the centre-back pecking order since Erik ten Hag became manager, the Sweden international has been destined to depart.
Ten Hag made it clear he felt central defence was an area to upgrade by splashing £57million to bring Lisandro Martinez with him from Ajax.
Martinez has formed a formidable partnership with Raphael Varane, who arrived at Old Trafford in a £34m deal in 2021.
It has left Lindelof on the periphery of Ten Hag's ranks, making just five Premier League starts this season as arguably his fourth-choice option in the department.
And, according to InterLive, Inter Milan are interested in offering the 28-year-old an escape route if he's looking for more minutes.
The report claims that the Nerazzurri were keen on Lindelof last summer, as well as Manuel Akanji and Caglar Soyuncu.
And he has returned to their plans ahead of Milan Skriniar's free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain once his deal runs out in July.
Lindelof has been tipped to 'pack his bags a year early', with United said to value him at around £13m.
His profile is said to appeal to Inter the most ahead of their centre-back search, but an exit could depend on Red Devils captain Harry Maguire's future.
Maguire, like Lindelof, has fallen out of favour under Ten Hag and is widely expected to pursue a new challenge this summer.
With other areas to invest in when the transfer window opens, it seems unlikely that the Dutch boss would sanction both departures without at least one replacement coming in.
United signed Lindelof for £31m from Benfica in 2017, and he quickly became a mainstay in Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's back lines.
He has made 219 appearances for the M16 giants, often praised for his ball-playing ability.
That, and his capability to cover at right-back, will appeal to Ten Hag, who has tried to implement a playing-out style.
But with Lindelof in his peak years and Euro 2024 around the corner, it would come as no surprise if he left for more minutes at the end of the season.
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