Harry Maguire stance amid Manchester United and Man City transfer interest
Sources close to Maguire have told the MEN the Leicester defender is relaxed about his situation and any prospective deal has ‘not got off the ground’.
Maguire, 26, signed a long-term contract with Leicester last year and his popularity with England supporters has soared since his impressive 2018 World Cup performances. Maguire is happy with his status as a first-teamer at Leicester, where Brendan Rodgers was installed as coach earlier this year.
City want a quality centre-back to offset the departure of Vincent Kompany with Pep Guardiola still unconvinced by the error-prone John Stones. United enquired about Maguire on the back of his World Cup form in Russia but Leicester demanded £75million last summer.
Maguire is contracted to The Foxes until 2023 and Leicester would demand a world record fee for a defender to sell the England international. Virgil van Dijk cost Liverpool £75m 18 months ago but was named the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year last season and led them to their sixth European Cup triumph.
Senior United sources told the MEN the Van Dijk fee was ‘cheap’ and stressed last August they were prepared to pay £100m for a desirable central defender. United considered Maguire and other targets to be overpriced and went on to have their worst defensive season since 1978-79, conceding 54 Premier League goals.
Despite their porous defence, United have prioritised a right-back recruitment over a centre half and are working on a deal for the Crystal Palace youngster Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Sources have told the MEN United do not want to be ‘outbid’ by competitors in the window. Last year, City dropped their interest in Alexis Sanchez and Fred before they went on to join United, where they have struggled. Sanchez is United’s highest-earner on £400,000 a week and the £52m Fred is the club’s fourth-most expensive signing. United are already open to selling Sanchez.
Ahead of the Nations League, Maguire said: “When I am away with England I don’t think about anything to do with club football. As soon as I wear the badge my only focus is on England. I am fully focused on the two games coming up.”
The Premier League transfer window closes in 50 days’ time on August 8.