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Victor Lindelof emerges as Inter Milan transfer target to replace outgoing star

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof is a transfer target for Inter Milan to replace Paris Saint-Germain-bound Milan Skriniar.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Inter are exploring options for the centre-back spot and are looking at Lindelof as a potential replacement.

The Sweden international joined Man United from Benfica in a £31 million deal in 2017.

He has been a fine servant to the Red Devils for the past six years, making more than 200 appearances for the club.

However, with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez forming a robust partnership at the heart of the defence, Lindelof has fallen down the pecking order under Erik ten Hag.

Victor Lindelof’s exit will depend on Harry Maguire’s Manchester United future

Erik ten Hag currently has four centre-backs who are vying for the two starting spots.

World Cup winners Varane and Martinez have been exceptional this season. They will likely be United’s first-choice pairing at the back next season.

Harry Maguire has made it clear that he does not want to be a bit-part player. However, the chances of him ousting Varane or Martinez are very low until one of them is injured or rested.

If the England international head towards the exit, Ten Hag will want Lindelof in his ranks.

The 28-year-old is a decent back-up option. He showed it recently when the manager rested Varane and gave Lindelof an opportunity to fill in against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.

He is good with the ball at his feet, although he remains fragile when competing in aerial duels.

Ten Hag cannot afford to lose Maguire and Lindelof both in the same transfer window. Varane is prone to injuries and his fitness needs special attention. An injury to the Frenchman would leave Ten Hag short of options at the back.

Lindelof’s departure will also depend on the offer Inter present to United. If they can make a highly lucrative bid, United may cash in on the defender.