LINDELOF CONFIRMED AND MORE
Manchester United completed their first signing of the summer last night after Victor Lindelof signed on a four-year contract starting from the 1st of July.
MOURINHO ON LINDELOF
Jose Mourinho was all praise of his new signing. On his trail since January, Mourinho has potentially set up a defensive partnership for the next decade at United. The boss said: “Victor is a very talented young player, who has a great future ahead of him at United. Our season last year showed us that we need options and quality to add depth to the squad and Victor is the first to join us this summer. I know that our fantastic group of players will welcome him as one of us.”
- LINDELOF COMMENTS
Lindelof himself was very excited at signing for United. Speaking to MUTV, he said: “”I am thrilled to be joining Manchester United. I have enjoyed my time at Benfica enormously and I have learned a lot there. “But I’m looking forward to playing in the Premier League at Old Trafford and for Jose Mourinho. I’m keen to get started and make my contribution to the team’s efforts to win more trophies.”
- SMALLING AVAILABLE
Manchester United have reportedly put up Chris Smalling on the transfer list. With Lindelof announced, he is surplus to requirements and the club will listen to offers for the England International. Arsenal are reportedly keeping an eye on the situation while Southampton are keeping tabs as they look for a potential replacement for Van Dijk.
MORATA SHOWDOWN TALKS HELD
Alvaro Morata’s agent Juanma Lopez sat down with Madrid officials at the Bernabeu for showdown talks. A formal transfer request was not made if reports are to be believed but Lopez is believed to have made his client’s wishes explicit. Real President Perez is desperate to get the deal done and look into James Rodriguez’s situation. More negotiations with United are expected.
ACROSS TEAM LINES
Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris came out in support of France teammate and Premier League rival Paul Pogba. Lloris revealed that he expects Pogba to come good on his world record transfer fee. Speaking on the back of the England friendly, Lloris said: “Maybe he had some things to prove because he belongs to one of the best clubs in the world and he plays in the Premier League, and he has to show his level. Against England, he was fantastic and as a midfielder, he helped the team a lot to manage the ball. I have no doubt that he will get better and better.’
NOT FIRST CHOICE
Mourinho reportedly favours a move for former player Nemanja Matic or Eric Dier ahead of a move for Fabinho. United will be the only destination for the Brazilian midfielder. United will only turn to Fabinho should potential moves for Matic or Dier fails.