Ole Gunnar Solskajer has instructed Ed Woodward to make a move for Harry Maguire, despite Leicester City’s eye-watering £90million asking price.
The Norwegian is expected to oversee a major rebuilding job this summer based around a group of young, hungry British players and that process began in earnest this week with confirmation of Daniel James’ arrival from Swansea.
Members of the Manchester United hierarchy, according to the Evening Standard, believe Leicester’s valuation of Maguire is unrealistic but will nonetheless press ahead with attempts to sign the England international, even if it means paying more for him than the £70m they were quoted 12 months ago.
Jose Mourinho attempted to sign the 26-year-old last summer following Maguire’s impressive World Cup campaign, but Woodward was reluctant to cave to Leicester’s demands and failed to deliver the defensive reinforcement’s the Special One craved.
United also missed out on the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Jerome Boateng, while Woodward is said to be ‘rueful’ at having missed out on Virgil van Dijk, whose arrival at Liverpool 18 months ago had a transformative impact at Anfield, culminating in Champions League glory earlier this month.
Solskjaer also maintains an interest in Kalidou Koulibaly and Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt, but would prefer to buy British and, in any case, United feel the Netherlands international is destined to sign for either Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain.