Man Utd ready to fight for £80m Maguire as Solskjaer admits to ‘hitting a hurdle’ in transfer talks – The Sun

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER says he will not give up in his pursuit of Harry Maguire just because the club have struggled to get the deal over the line.

United are desperately trying to reach an agreement with Leicester over the capture of the England defender – who is understood to be pushing for the move to Old Trafford.

Leicester have refused to be bullied into selling below their valuation, with United only prepared to go to £80million for Maguire.

That delay has caused problems for United boss Solskjaer, who wanted any new signings in place for the majority of pre-season to bed them into the squad.

But the Norwegian insists he will not change his targets just because the club have stumbled on a snag in their attempts to land the 26-year-old.


Solskjaer said: “It will take time for any player to adjust to Man United. Apart from me! It took me six minutes in the first game.

“I’m very happy with Wan-Bissaka and James but we’ve got to be patient.

"It’s a long haul and it’s very important that we get the right ones in.

“We can’t just jump on a different path when you hit a hurdle. I’ve not had a frustrating feeling at all.”

Bringing in a top class defender has been one of the biggest priorities for United this summer after Solskjaer decided the back line was a weakness in his squad.

But so far he has been unable to secure the services of anyone – leaving him under three weeks away from going into the new season with the players already in his squad.

Ideally he wants to find a senior player to partner Victor Lindelof in his defence, with Phil Jones the player must vulnerable to being shipped out.

United already offered Jones as a makeweight in an attempt to sign West Ham's Issa Diop, and the England man appears to have fallen down the pecking order under Solskjaer in recent months.

Maguire scored a goal for Leicester in their friendly against Cambridge on Tuesday night as he continues to build up his fitness levels working with the Foxes.

And Brendan Rodgers has made it clear he does not want United to leave it to the last minute before stumping up the cash to seal the deal.

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