Manchester United boss has ordered his employer to hold grip of Swedish international Victor Lindelof despite interest from Ligue 1 side Lyon according to reports emerging from France this afternoon.
The Portuguese manager — who is not happy with the club’s vice-president Ed Woodward— can’t afford to lose any of his players this summer and he has moved sharply to prevent any offer made by Lyon to snatch the defender from his watch.
Lindelof, 24, was part of Swedish team who played at the quarter-final round of the world cup hosted by Russia earlier this month but he wasn’t able to lead the team to the next round of the competition.
Though Mourinho hasn’t been using the player regularly, the manager believes Lindelof has a huge role to play in his team in the coming season.
Having joined the Red Devils from Benfica last summer, the defender started just 13 matches in all competitions throughout last season. It is left to be seen if the club’s hierarchy would agree with Mourinho’s decision to retain Lindelof’s signature beyond this transfer window.
Having said that, holding on to the player’s services — despite numerous defenders in his squad — is not the best decision from the gaffer.
Mourinho needs to get rid of some fringe players from his squad so as to fund his move for top players this summer and the Swedish is one of the players who need to be shown the exit door.
The former Chelsea manager is hoping to win the Premier League trophy for the first time since he took over from Ryan Giggs in 2016, therefore, there are needs to spend big on world-class players.