Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly urged executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to push through a move for Leicester City’s Harry Maguire at the earliest possibility.
The Red Devils have been holding a keen interest in landing the 26-year-old over the past month, but so far, their offer has fallen short of the Foxes’ £80m price tag for the centre-back.
According to Sky Sports News, Solksjaer has clearly stated that he wants the defender signed as soon as possible and the deal is now dependent on the progress made by Woodward with the Foxes.
The Mancunian giants have gone through an impressive pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East where they have conceded the solitary goal from the four friendly matches.
However, the friendlies don’t realistically provide the same level of challenge compared to the league season and Solskjaer is aware of the need to strengthen the central defence after the club leaked 54 goals last term.
Elsewhere, the club have been hampered with yet another injury setback for Eric Bailly and that should pose a cause for concern, given the Ivorian is regarded as one of the club’s best centre-backs when fit.
At present, Solskjaer has the likes of Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe at his disposal to feature at the heart of the club’s defence.
Among those, Lindelof should take up one of the positions and it remains to be seen whether he would be paired alongside Maguire for the Premier League opener against Chelsea next month.