Almost Done: Jose Mourinho ready to send £31m signing out on loan

Manchester United have reportedly started to consider a loan exit for defender Victor Lindelof.

Last summer, United signed Lindelof from Benfica for a fee of £31m but the 23-year-old has struggled to establish himself in the centre of United’s defence.

Just 17 starts have been made in Premier League and Champions League fixtures and according to The Sun, manager Jose Mourinho is considering giving Lindelof the chance to earn regular first-team football elsewhere.

The report states that Mourinho remains an admirer of the player but with over three years still remaining on the Swedish international’s contract, the Portuguese and United are prepared to remain patient with the summer signing.

United have been linked with moves for Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti and West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans.

Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans has reportedly emerged as a possible transfer target for Manchester United.

After leaving Old Trafford in 2015, Evans is currently nearing the end of his third campaign at The Hawthorns but the Baggies are near certainties to be relegated to the Championship.

Spending next season in the second tier would trigger a £3m relegation clause in Evans’s contract and it is expected to lead to a number of top-flight clubs vying for the centre-back’s signature.

According to The Sun, United boss Jose Mourinho is considering whether to launch an approach for the 30-year-old, who may welcome the opportunity to return to the North-West of England.