According to reports in the Sunday Mirror, Everton are eyeing a £35m move for Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof following a tough debut campaign at the Old Trafford.
Well, the Sunday Mirror says that new Toffees boss Marco Silva has identified the 23-year-old defender as a priority signing, as long as the Red Devils are willing to offload the Sweden international.
The Sunday Mirror says there is no suggestion that Jose Mourinho wants to sell Lindelof so soon after bringing him to Old Trafford, with insiders suggesting that he will be given a second season to make a real impact.
The report adds that United could be in line to make a profit on the centre-back having purchased him for £31.5m, which is something that could tempt Mourinho given he currently has six players that can play in that position at his disposal.
The Swede may well have been expected to have formed a first-choice partnership with Eric Bailly at the heart of the back four when he was signed last summer, but it didn’t turn out that way.
The 23-year-old struggled in the early months of the campaign and he was responsible for the two goals conceded in the 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town, although he had Toffees winger Yannick Bolasie in his pocket when he featured at right-back in his side’s 2-0 win at Goodison Park in January.
Lindelof made 29 appearances in all competitions, but he failed to make the matchday squad for the final day of the season last month.
He certainly would be, yes.
While things perhaps haven’t worked out for him at Man United so far, his form for Benfica previously and some of the glimpses of the quality he has in his locker for the Red Devils means he would be a great addition for the Toffees.
The 23-year-old would bring some European experience to the back four, and he could form a strong partnership with Michael Keane at the heart of the Merseyside outfit’s backline.
Convincing United to sell and Lindelof that he should give up on his Old Trafford career after just 12 months could be their biggest challenge.