Harry Maguire transfer to Man Utd leaves one ace fearing the axe – and it's not Phil Jones

Harry Maguire transfer to Man Utd leaves one ace fearing the axe – and it's not Phil Jones

United are desperately making a move for Leicester star Maguire after a shoddy season at the back.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men conceded 54 league goals – their worst tally since 1978/79 – and they will now be playing in the Europa League for the second time in three years.

But the Norwegian is changing the current transfer format and has told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to target a specific kind of player.

Instead of the scattergun approach of previous seasons, United are looking at young, British talents who are hungry to play for the club.

Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been signed to fit this ethos and Maguire is the next one on the list.

But the transfer is already rankling members of the squad, with Eric Bailly fearing for his spot – according to the Metro.

The Ivorian has largely been sidelined in recent times due to injury and inconsistent form.

After an initial bright spark following his move from Villarreal in 2016, Bailly has dropped alarmingly low down on the pecking order.

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The 25-year-old has been linked with a move away, with even Arsenal registering an interest in the past.

Maguire’s move would mean there are seven centre-backs at the club, while Victor Lindelof has already been earmarked as the Englishman’s partner.

Chris Smalling’s future is considered safe, the Metro report, while Marcos Rojo and Jones both received new contracts recently.

Solskjaer has described Axel Tuanzebe as the future of the club yet Bailly’s contract is set to expire next summer – though there is an option to extend it by a year.

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Discussions are yet to be held with the defender over a new deal and it is further reported that Bailly will hold talks with Solskjaer over his future this week.

Maguire has been touted to join the Red Devils for a world-record fee for a centre-back.

Leicester are demanding £90m but there is confidence at Old Trafford that this can be negotiated down.

The former Hull man cost the Foxes £17m two years ago and is keen on the chance to play European football next season.

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