Man Utd ‘fail with initial transfer bid’ for Benfica defender Ruben Dias as Solskjaer looks for Harry Maguire alternative


MANCHESTER UNITED have had a bid turned down for Benfica defender Ruben Dias, according to Portuguese reports.

While the Red Devils are still locked in talks with Leicester over £80million rated Harry Maguire, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have turned his attention to an alternative.

Manchester United have had a bid for Benfica defender Ruben Dias rejected according to reports
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No fee was reported but according to Portuguese outlet O Jogo, it fell short of the defender’s £60m release clause.

And having already raked in around £180m in transfer fees this summer, the Portuguese champions do not need to sell.


In fact they are even looking to increase the clause to around £80m according to the same source.

Dias was also said to be a target for Arsenal but they will likely be put off by the fee.

Focus has shifted elsewhere as United are said to growing frustrated by the Maguire saga which has been dragging on since the end of last season.


Leicester are reportedly after more of the whopping fee up front rather than instalments because they don’t think United will qualify for the Champions League.

United had offered £72m with extra bonuses paid depending on what trophies they win and also securing a top-four spot.

While the England international has kept quiet on his future, he missed Leicester training today after calling in sick.

United are said to be getting frustrated with the Harry Maguire talks which have been dragging on all summer
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