By 90Min
July 16, 2019

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that they will have to sell at least one centre-back this summer if they seal the £80m signing of Leicester City's Harry Maguire.

The 26-year-old has been linked all summer long with a move to the Red Devils, with neighbourhood rivals Manchester City also keen to snap up one of England's first choice central defenders. 

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90min understands that Maguire's move to United will happen, though an imminent announcement is unlikely. When he does join, he'll become the seventh senior centre-back in United's squad.

Solskjaer already has Victor Lindelof, Eric BaillyPhil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe at his disposal, and he told reporters (via the Daily Mail) that seven options would simply be too many.

He said: "Of course, there's a limit of players. Whoever performs will be part of the team and whoever doesn't has a fight to get back in. There's been loads of speculation but I can't really say anything. We'll work to find a relationship with the ones we've got."

Solskjaer went on to admit that Tuanzebe will likely not be the one to leave, adding: "He has a great chance of staying here and playing. He had a great season last year.

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"He has really proven he can play at that level and he's come back strong and focused. He did well in the first game here [against Perth Glory] and he's one of the exciting players I can't wait to see more of."

The manager often preferred the centre-back partnership of Jones and Smalling last season, whilst Lindelof was also a regular part of the side, so it appears unlikely that any would be sold this summer, despite links to Barcelona for the latter.

He did give opportunities to Bailly and Rojo towards the end of the campaign. Rojo has previously revealed that Solskjaer has already informed him that he will be a core part of the squad next season, leaving Bailly as a likely casualty..

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He was often omitted from United's matchday squad towards the end of the season and started just eight Premier League games all season. He appears completely out of favour at Old Trafford and, on paper, seems the most likely to be sold this summer. 

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