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Barcelona are said to have made Victor Lindelof a priority transfer target in the summer

‘His DNA, is very close to Barcelona’s way of playing’: Victor Lindelof topped Barcelona’s shortlist of defensive options but United refused to let their man go in the summer, says his agent

  • Victor Lindelof was on the top of Barcelona’s shopping list for defensive cover
  • The 25-year-old’s agent has revealed that Spanish giants were keen to sign him
  • Barcelona’s interest peaked shortly after Matthijs de Ligt rejected them
  • However, Manchester United were unwilling to let the Swedish star leave 
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Victor Lindelof’s agent has revealed that Barcelona made a number of offers to secure the services of the Swedish international in this summer’s transfer window. 

The 25-year-old is said to have been at the top of the Spanish giant’s list of defensive options shortly after they were snubbed by highly-sought after defender Matthijs de Ligt, who opted to join Juventus. 

According to Lindelof’s agent, Hasan Cetinkaya, Barcelona officials quickly turned their attention to the United defender, however the Old Trafford club refused to let their key defender leave the club. 

Barcelona are said to have made Victor Lindelof a priority transfer target in the summer

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Barcelona are said to have made Victor Lindelof a priority transfer target in the summer

‘Lindelof was perhaps Man Utd’s best player last season, and there was a lot of interest from clubs that are even better (than United) at the moment,’ he told Aftonbladet.

‘When Matthijs de Ligt chose Juventus, Victor was pronounced Barcelona’s first choice.

‘His way of playing, his DNA, is very close to Barcelona’s way of playing. He is one of the world’s best centre backs with the ball at his feet, and Barcelona wanted him. That’s how it was. I can talk about that now.

The Spanish club's attention turned to Lindelof after Matthijs de Ligt sealed a move to Juventus

The Spanish club's attention turned to Lindelof after Matthijs de Ligt sealed a move to Juventus

The Spanish club’s attention turned to Lindelof after Matthijs de Ligt sealed a move to Juventus

United refused to let the 25-year-old go and agreed a contract extension with the defender

United refused to let the 25-year-old go and agreed a contract extension with the defender

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United refused to let the 25-year-old go and agreed a contract extension with the defender

‘They contacted Ed Woodward on numerous occasions with concrete offers. I had a meeting with their transfer manager, Matt Judge, to try to make a transition. But they just said: “There is no chance. Victor is one of our best players”.’

As such, Lindelof penned a contract extension with United, despite having three years remaining on his previous deals, signalling Solskjaer’s intentions to keep the defender in his first team plans for the foreseeable.  

‘Usually, they do not make extensions with players who have so long left on the contract, but when there was an interest at this level they had no other option,’ Cetinkaya said. 

Lindelof and his United team-mates will be hoping to get their season back on track after last weekend’s humiliating away defeat to West Ham as they host Arsenal at Old Trafford on Monday night.

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