Ole Gunnar Solskajer has instructed Ed Woodward to make a move for Harry Maguire, despite Leicester City’s eye-watering £90 million asking price.
The manager is expected to oversee a significant rebuilding job this summer based around a group of young, talented British players and that process began in earnest this week with confirmation of Daniel James’ arrival from Swansea.
Members of the Manchester United board believe the recent valuation of Harry Maguire is unrealistic but will nonetheless press ahead with attempts to sign the powerful defender, even if it means paying more for him than the £70 million they were quoted 12 months ago.
Jose Mourinho wanted to sign the England international last summer following the 26-year-old’s impressive World Cup campaign, but Ed Woodward was reluctant to cave to Leicester City’s demands and failed to deliver the defensive reinforcement’s the Special One craved.
The Red Devils also missed out on the likes of Jerome Boateng and Toby Alderweireld, while Ed Woodward is understood to be ‘rueful’ at having missed out on Virgil van Dijk, whose arrival at Anfield 18 months ago had a transformative impact on Merseyside, culminating in Champions League victory earlier this month.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also maintains an interest in Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt and Kalidou Koulibaly, but would prefer to buy British and if Manchester United feel the Dutchman is destined to sign for either Paris Saint-Germain or Barcelona.
Manchester United also saw a £40 million bid for Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka turned down earlier this week but are likely to return with an improved offer in an attempt to secure the right-back’s services.