Aug 12, 2017

Manchester United round-up: Shaw swap deal possible; Lindelof set for midfield role; striker close to signing

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As interest in Tottenham’s Danny Rose continues to rise, the Daily Record report that left-back Luke Shaw may be used as a makeweight in the deal. The former Southampton man is currently sidelined by an ankle injury and is not expected to return to action for Manchester United until September.

Shaw clearly failed to impress Jose Mourinho in their first season working together last year, as he barely featured after October. Even with that being considered, it would be a strange move to offer a younger player plus money. However, it would match up with the kind of short term planning that Mourinho favours.

Mourinho is already turning his attention to this season though. The manager has not been particularly active in the transfer market of late, with only Nemanja Matic having joined the club since they started pre-season training. Another midfield option could be new signing Victor Lindelof, as Mourinho explained and was quoted by Metro saying:

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“25% means one of four, and we got a central defender that can play in many other positions, which is important. Victor can play right back and can play central midfield, we got a central midfielder [Matic], we got a striker [Lukaku], obviously the 25% would be a player for another position playing from the sides. But we have players and if we cannot strengthen the team in these areas we have people we can trust and go for it.”

Lindelof was unconvincing in pre-season in a central defensive role, but could be needed if Mourinho opts to stick with a back three. The Swede’s versatility could turn out to be one of his biggest strengths in retaining his place in the Manchester United starting line-up.

Another player who is set to join is Oliveirense’s 19-year-old centre forward Bruno Amorim, according to Noticias ao Minuto. They claim that a deal taking the Portuguese striker to Old Trafford is “90% done” and he will form part of the club’s academy set-up once a deal is done.

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The forward, who can play on the right or as an attacking midfielder as well as up-front, has made four first team appearances in the Portuguese second tier. However, he may have to work hard to prove himself before earning a shot at the first team in Manchester.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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