Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes the club will be able to unveil the signing of Harry Maguire soon.
The Norwegian confirmed “little details” need to be sorted but he expects the Red Devils will be able to officially present the England international in the near future after agreeing a deal with Leicester on Friday.
Asked about Maguire following his side’s penalty shootout win over AC Milan in Cardiff on Saturday, Solskjaer said: “Yeah, hopefully the last little details will be in place so hopefully we can announce something very soon.”
United beat AC 5-4 on penalties, after playing out a 2-2 draw, in the International Champions Cup in Cardiff on Saturday, which means United were undefeated in all six pre-season games.
The first eight penalties were all scored before Daniel Maldini, son of AC Milan legend Paolo, saw his effort saved by David De Gea, allowing Daniel James to seal the win.
The result confirms Benfica as winners of the pre-season competition, with United finishing second ahead of Arsenal in third.
Paul Pogba, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, was absent from the match.
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic believes Paul Pogba’s future remains in at Old Trafford, but admits that “everything is possible” in football.
The Premier League’s transfer window closes before the start of the new Premier League season on Thursday and the Frenchman was left out of United’s final pre-season warm-up game of the season against AC Milan in Cardiff on Saturday.
The midfielder was said to be feeling a little pain by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, although reports prior to the game suggested Pogba had refused to travel to the Welsh capital in a bid to force through a late move away from Old Trafford.
“I knew that you were going to ask me that (laughing),” said Serbian midfielder Matic when asked after the game about Pogba’s future.
“Of course, he’s a great player, very important for the team, and we will see what’s going to happen. He is a Manchester United player and of course we will be happy if he stays. And I don’t see that he’s going to leave. But in football everything is possible.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Manchester United to complete “one or two” deals before next week’s transfer deadline after agreeing a fee with Leicester for England centre-back Harry Maguire.
United will pay a reported £80million for the 26-year-old, with the deal subject to a medical and personal terms.
Solskjaer declined to comment on the Maguire deal during an interview ahead of the International Champions Cup game with Milan in Cardiff on Saturday.
But he told PA: “We’re still hope one or two deals can be done. We’ve been working on cases for a long time and suddenly the deal can be done when it’s dragging on.
“As a club we’ve had targets, but as a coach and manager when you go out on the pitch you have to work with the ones you have.
“You can’t think ‘what if he comes’ or ‘if he’s sold’.
“The reality is you have to work with the ones that are there. I’ve never been thinking ‘I’ll play him there but he’s coming in’.
“Everyone who has been in pre-season has a big part to play and most of them have impressed.
“But it (transfer speculation) doesn’t stop (after the deadline) because you still have to plan for the next transfer window and next summer.”
The Maguire deal represents success for both parties, with United getting a ball-playing defender who offers the ideal mix of both experience and relative youth, while Leicester’s strategy of holding their ground over their valuation of the player has paid off.
The Foxes will receive a world-record fee for a defender, eclipsing the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil Van Dijk in January 2018.
United had made strengthening the centre of their defence a priority at the start of the summer, with the need only becoming more acute when Eric Bailly suffered a knee injury during their pre-season tour of China which is expected to keep him out for at least four months.
However, Maguire’s arrival will almost certainly lead to a clear-out at Old Trafford, where there are already six defenders – Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcus Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe – in the senior squad.
United arrived in the Welsh capital without Alexis Sanchez, who has remained in Manchester to build up his fitness following his belated arrival from the Copa America.
Sanchez has reportedly been undertaking double training sessions at Carrington, and Solskjaer said: “He’s only trained five days where the rest of the boys have had five weeks.
“He’s got a few days training to make up for the summer he’s had. He needed a break after the Copa America.
“He won’t be too far away, but let’s see what happens in the next 10 days when the league starts.”
Romelu Lukaku, who has not played in pre-season ahead of a possible move to Italy, Matteo Darmian and Joel Pereira are also missing from the squad in Cardiff.
United are unbeaten so far in pre-season with wins over Perth Glory, Leeds, Inter Milan, Tottenham and Kristiansund.
“Pre-season is about laying the foundations for the season,” said Solskjaer. “We have done really well and won five games, but that is not the point.
“You want to lay down your principles, how you want to play and the fitness work. We’ve looked sharper and sharper and I think we’re looking strong for that first weekend.
“I hope we’ve started on something. We’ve had five weeks of good work. The boys were pretty fit when they came back and the tactical work has been good as well.”