Manchester United make Victor Lindelof transfer call with Jules Kounde signing targeted

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Manchester United will not allow Victor Lindelof to leave Old Trafford in the summer transfer window, according to reports. The Red Devils are looking to sign a new centre-back, with Jules Kounde appearing the likeliest to arrive. However, it seems as though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want options at the back going forward as the club hunt a first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.

Manchester United have shipped 31 Premier League goals this season.

And, with Manchester City running away with the title, it seems as though the Red Devils will take action this summer.

United are targeting a new centre-back to play alongside Harry Maguire, leading to suggestions Lindelof could be about to leave.

The Sweden international has been at the club ever since arriving from Benfica back in the summer transfer window of 2017 but, over the years, has blown hot and cold.

United are currently looking to sign Kounde from Sevilla, with Solskjaer impressed by the performances of the Frenchman over the last 18 months.

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And Sportitalia TV journalist Gianluigi Longari has claimed Lindelof won’t be allowed to leave the club this summer.

It seems as though Solskjaer is keen to keep his squad well-stocked for the coming years ahead.

Separate reports, however, have indicated that the arrival of another centre-back could see two players leave Old Trafford behind.

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Axel Tuanzebe may be loaned out, with the defender struggling for form and fitness this term.

And United are likely to cash in on Phil Jones, who has never lived up to his potential following his arrival from Blackburn in 2011.

Meanwhile, though United want to sign a partner for Maguire, Paul Parker recently insisted the England international was actually a major weak link within the squad.

“Despite the position that Manchester United find themselves in the Premier League, they still need to strengthen in the transfer market this summer,” Parker told The Sun.

“Regarding the centre-backs, people talk about bringing in a new partner for Harry Maguire, but I would look at bringing in two centre-backs, why can’t it be a player who comes in and plays alongside Victor Lindelof?

“Harry Maguire is not a leader, he plays the game for himself, he sits way too deep, he dribbles for the sake of dribbling and runs himself into cul-de-sacs.

“The goal against Sheffield United, he put David De Gea in a terrible position, and he made a terrible clearance which people then blamed the goalkeeper.”

He then added: “Sometimes you need to look at the build-up to see the mistakes.

“I have always been unsure about Maguire since the day Manchester United signed him.

“When they paid £80m, the club didn’t buy an £80m centre back, it was great business by Leicester.

“Despite the position that Manchester United find themselves in the Premier League, they still need to strengthen in the transfer market this summer.

“Bringing in competition for places always helps players to improve their game. You look at Luke Shaw this season, he has really upped his game since the signing of Alex Telles.”

Kounde isn’t United’s only summer target.

The club also remain optimistic they can sign Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, who has recovered from a shaky start to the campaign to return to form in recent weeks.

His team-mate, Erling Haaland, is also of interest.

United could swoop for Declan Rice, especially given how Chelsea are now set to prioritise other targets following the departure of Frank Lampard.

And they remain linked with Real Madrid pair Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

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