Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identifies new £52.5m signing to partner Harry Maguire

Manchester United are keen on signing Red Bull Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer viewing the defender as a perfect partner for Harry Maguire.

United spent £80m on Maguire last summer to make the England international the most expensive defender in history but Solskjaer wants a more physical defender next to him to provide more balance in his defence.

Victor Lindelof has partnered Maguire for most of the campaign and though Solskjaer admires the Swede, it’s felt that as a pairing the duo are too similar.

Eric Bailly would appear a better fit alongside Maguire but the Ivorian’s injury problems mean he cannot be relied on and Solskjaer doesn’t want to take unnecessary risks going into next season.

Upamecano, 21, has emerged as one of the finest defenders in Europe and he will be entering the final year of his deal this summer with the German club.

Arsenal had been leading the line of Premier League clubs for Upamecano’s signature but SkySports claim United have now joined the race.

It’s claimed Manchester City are also interested and that Upamecano has a £52.5m release clause in his existing deal with Leipzig.

Pep Guardiola wants to sign at least one defender this summer after failing to replace Vincent Kompany last summer.

John Stones’ future is also up in the air, with Arsenal keen on signing the England ace.

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