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Eric Bailly injury ‘does not look great’, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says as he makes Harry Maguire plea


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to have made clear to Ed Woodward he wants Harry Maguire to be a Manchester United player.

Executive vice-chairman Woodward has stayed away from the club’s pre-season tour to work on more signings and the Leicester player is top of his manager’s wish list, says Sky Sports.

Bailly went off injured in China during the pre-season friendly against Spurs and Solskjaer says it ‘doesn’t look great’

News of Solskjaer’s desire to get the Maguire deal done quickly comes after seeing Eric Bailly stretchered off against Tottenham in their pre-season friendly win.

“It seems that he’s twisted his knee so we just have to do some scans and checks on him,” the boss told MUTV.

“At first sight, it doesn’t look great but let’s see how it goes.”

Leicester are thought to want £80million for Maguire, who has also been linked with Manchester City.

Sky believe the England international is happy to remain at Leicester, but would like the Old Trafford transfer if something can be agreed by the two clubs.

Earlier in the week, former England manager Sam Allardyce told talkSPORT a move to United would take Maguire to another level, insisting he is similar to Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk in the way he plays.

Sam Allardyce thinks Maguire joining Man United would take him to another level like Van Dijk when he joined Liverpool

“It would be a massive move for him, but Leicester, they don’t have to sell.

“They’ve always hung out for the fee they want and got there in the end, so if United don’t have another alternative, I’m afraid they might have to pay a bit more than they expected.”

Meanwhile, the chance to sign Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld for £25m has gone.

The 30-year-old had a release clause, which was activated in his contract when Spurs, in January, took the option to extend his deal to next summer, with the condition that it only ran up until the last two weeks of the summer transfer window.

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