Victor Lindelof’s mistake for Manchester United against Sevilla may turn out to be a critical moment for his Old Trafford career.
At present and until told otherwise, Lindelof remains one of United’s two first choice central defenders, but patience among fans is wearing thin.
When he lost Luuk de Jong for Sevilla’s winner it became the third high profile mistake by the Swede over the past six weeks, following his error for Chelsea’s opener in the FA Cup semi-final, and Southampton’s equaliser in the Premier League draw.
The transfer window is open for United to try and upgrade on Lindelof, so here is a look at three players who could be an improvement on the Swede…
Dayot Upamecano should be United’s first choice. He is already an outstanding player who is only 21-years-old.
His performances for RB Leipzig have been a key part of the team’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.
Upamecano is strong in the air, quick on his feet, and comfortable dribbling the ball out of defence.
The one problem is that United recently missed a window of opportunity.
The further Leipzig go in the Europa League, the higher his price tag will rise.
The German side may still be tempted to deal for around £65 million, in our view, and this would be a wise investment.
A player of proven quality, Kalidou Koulibaly becomes an option if United do miss out on signing Jadon Sancho.
This will leave United’s transfer funds available to sign the most expensive centre-back on the market.
Napoli have been consistent in saying they will let Koulibaly leave if an offer of £90 million comes in [Corriere dello Sport].
Considering the money they recently spent on Victor Osimhen, Napoli may end up settling for a little less to balance the books.
Koulibaly is 29, and fits with David de Gea’s call for United to sign some more experienced players [The Mail].
The Senegalese centre-back would be an improvement on Lindelof and would take United’s defence up a level, while leaving time for younger players to eventually break through.
United have been linked with Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes, firstr reported by the Daily Record.
Gabriel is also strong aerially and a good passer, and would offer a balance to the defence which Lindelof can’t, as he is left-footed.
He averages 3.4 aerial duels won this season per game in comparison to Lindelof’s 2.7.
Napoli, Arsenal and Everton are all keen on him, with Lille accepting he is keen to move on.
Like Upamecano he is young, just 22, and is a player who has not come close to realising his potential yet.
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