Man Utd agree terms for £80m Harry Maguire deal as Solskjaer closes in on third signing | Football | Sport
United have been strongly linked with the centre-back as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to strengthen his squad.
An initial £70m bid had reportedly been rejected earlier this month but United were keen to get their man and are seemingly close to doing so.
It seems Manchester United have now stumped up more cash to prise Maguire away from Leicester, who want a world-record fee to sell the player.
Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones posted on Twitter: “United finally agreeing terms on the £80m Maguire deal.”
Should a deal be finalised, Maguire would become the third Manchester United signing this summer.
Solskjaer has brought Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to the club with both impressing during a pre-season tour of Australia and Asia.
United have been linked with Maguire since he impressed with England during last summer’s World Cup with Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho also a fan of the defender.
The Red Devils are in desperate need of strengthening, especially when it comes to their defence, after they leaked 54 goals in the Premier League last season.
However, Manchester United are yet to concede a goal in three pre-season matches.
But Solskjaer knows that recruitment could be key to a successful season.
“As I’ve said a few times, we’re working on one or two cases, but my objective here now is we’ve got to get ready for the games and training sessions,” the Norwegian said.
“Of course the transfer window will close when the league starts.
“The start of the season is important, that’s why we’ve worked them hard.
“I don’t think many of the players have had a pre-season like this before in the last two or three years because there have been championships. It’s their first pre-season for a little while.
“So, for us, in the first eight to 10 games you don’t win anything – but you can definitely lose the chance to win things.
“The first two months are vital for us.”