Manchester United to reward Lindelof with new contract
Victor Lindelof is poised to sign an improved contract at Manchester United in the next few weeks, according to sources back in his homeland.
The Sweden international central defender has two years left on his existing Old Trafford agreement, with the club also holding an option of triggering a further 12 months.
The Red Devils are understood to have approached his advisers earlier this summer with regards penning a new five-year tie-up, reportedly worth double his existing £75,000-per-week salary.
However, camp insiders insist United’s money men are now ready to sign-off on fresh terms after recent dragging their heels.
To be fair to them, they have been more concentrated in recent weeks with moving on some of their higher-earning players.
United saved themselves the best part of £600,000-per-week in wages following the £75m sale of striker Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, then joined at the San Siro by flop forward Alexis Sanchez on a season-long loan.
Lindelof is at a completely different end of the financial scale, and United insiders insist they don’t anticipate any hurdles issues on that score.
The jury did appear to be out on the Scandinavian when former boss Jose Mourinho snapped him up from Benfica for £31.5m in 2017, failing to force his way into the starting line-up during his first season.
Solskjaer, though, is a big fan of Lindelof’s and was quick to offer him a firm foothold in his team after he replaced the sacked Portuguese tactician last December.
United did send another signal of their faith in Lindelof when they allowed defender Chris Smalling to join Roma last week on loan, with the powerful Swede now ready to further cement his partnership with £80m defender Harry Maguire.
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