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United agree to pay £80m for Maguire

Big move: Harry Maguire
Big move: Harry Maguire

By Phil Blanche

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Manchester United to complete "one or two" deals before next week's transfer deadline after agreeing a fee with Leicester for England centre-back Harry Maguire.

United will pay £80m - a world record for a defender - for the 26-year-old, with the deal subject to a medical and personal terms, though with Maguire keen to make the step up the latter should prove no obstacle.

Solskjaer declined to comment on the Maguire deal during an interview ahead of the International Champions Cup game with Milan in Cardiff today.

But United boss Solskjaer said: "We still hope one or two deals can be done. We've been working on cases for a long time and suddenly the deal can be done when it's dragging on.

"We've had targets, but as a coach and manager when you go out on the pitch you have to work with the ones you have. I've never been thinking, 'I'll play him there but he's coming in'."

Maguire's arrival could well lead to a clear-out at Old Trafford, where there are already six centre-backs - Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe - in the senior squad.

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