Man Utd identify Harry Maguire alternative as Ed Woodward struggles to get deal done

Man Utd identify Harry Maguire alternative as Ed Woodward struggles to get deal done

Manchester United have spent much of the summer trying to get a deal for Maguire over the line.

Leicester are holding out for close to £80m for the 26-year-old who was on United’s radar 12 months ago.

And in the event that Maguire to Old Trafford doesn’t occur the club will opt to pursue Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, reports the Daily Mail.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is well aware of United’s need to sign a dominant centre-back following their worst defensive showing of the Premier League era.

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Koulibaly has previously been linked with a move to United, but Napoli have always stood firm on their stance that the 28-year-old is only for sale at an astronomical price.

But with the August 8 deadline for English transfers winding down Ed Woodward is running out of time.

United, who have made it clear they want to recruit young hungry players, look to have scrapped that policy when it comes to adding a central defender.

Man United Maguire Koulibaly

A deal for Maguire remains up in the air which has caused United to look elsewhere (Pic: GETTY)

Maguire and Koulibaly are both north of 25, whereas their two summer signings, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, are both 21 years of age.

The duo have been bought in for £67m and United will make another attempt to sign Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff.

The Magpies value him somewhere around £50m, despite making just over ten Premier League appearances.

Solskjaer is said to be frustrated at the premium that is placed on homegrown talent.

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Longstaff

Longstaff remains on United’s radar despite Newcastle’s huge asking price (Pic: GETTY)

But his summer funds could be rather heightened with the potential sales of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.

Pogba has made it abundantly clear he wants out of Manchester by suggesting it is time to seek a “new challenge”.

The World Cup winner is wanted by Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, but the Spanish heavyweights have already spent big in recent months.

Lukaku meanwhile is looking to join Antonio Conte at Inter Milan and was omitted for the Red Devils team that played a pre-season match with the Italians.

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