Manchester United are set to offer Victor Lindelof a lucrative new contract to ward off interest from Barcelona – according to reports.
Maguire and Lindelof are seen as the club’s future centre-back partnership, but the Swede’s performances have caught the attention of Barcelona, according to The Express.
The Spanish giants could be searching for a long-term replacement for Pique and it is believed they showed an interest in Lindelof over the summer.
Reports suggest that United are ready to hand the defender a significant pay rise in the hopes he will reject their advances and stay at Old Trafford.
Lindelof has two years left to run on his current deal and apparently takes home £75,000-per-week, but United are ready to double his wages with Barcelona lurking, according to the article.
Elsewhere, ESPN reports that the United board ended interest in signing Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes over concerns about his ability to keep possession.
The Portuguese was heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League, but a move never materialised.
According to the report, United dropped their pursuit of the playmaker as they felt he lost the ball too much, meaning he wouldn’t fit in with United’s style of play.