Ole wants Man Utd to seal £80m-rated centre-back

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is understood to have urged executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward into pushing through the transfer of Leicester City’s Harry Maguire at the earliest possibility, according to reports.

We have been interested in the 26-year-old since last summer, but have so far fallen short of Leicester City’s £80 million price tag with our offers.

According to Sky Sports, Ole has stated that he wants the centre-back signed as soon as possible and that any deal is dependent on the progress made by Woodward with the Foxes.

The manager is keen to strengthen our defence having conceded a club high 54 goals in a single Premier League season last year. Solskjaer has already added Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back but we have been chasing a new centre-back since last summer.

Last season both Jose Mourinho and Ole used Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly at centre-back could not find a solid combination. Bailly was often injured and could also be set to miss the start of the new season following a knee injury picked up in Thursday’s friendly versus Tottenham Hotspur. Youngster Axel Tuanzebe has impressed so far in pre-season having been part of the Aston Villa defence that gained promotion back to the Premier League last season. However, the boss appears keen on bringing in Harry Maguire to sure things up at the back.

Victor Lindelof is expected to be one of our first-choice central defenders this season having impressed under Ole during the second half of last season. We kick off the 2019-20 Premier League season on Sunday 11 August at home to Chelsea.