Harry Maguire’s move to Manchester United is likely to be completed “very soon” according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 26-year-old is set to become the world’s most expensive defender as he moves from Leicester, with an £80 million ($97m) fee agreed between the clubs.
He is thought to have been offered a six-year deal at Old Trafford, as Solskjaer looks to fix United’s long-term defensive shortcomings.
“Hopefully the last little details will be in place,” Solskjaer said in a press conference. “So hopefully we can announce something very soon.”
United are set for an intriguing start to their Premier League season, as they host Chelsea on August 11.
Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo started in the center of defence in the pre-season penalty shoot-out win over AC Milan on Saturday, and fans will be hoping Maguire goes straight into the starting XI against the Blues.
“Let’s get the last details over the line,” Solskjaer added. “But yeah, he’s played a few games over the summer so we’ll have to assess him if and when.”
He is set to be an integral part of a new-look United backline, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka starting on the right and Luke Shaw and Lindelof likely to be the other preferred starters.