Leicester Make Demand For Defender
Manchester United will have to pay £90 million if they want to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire this summer.
The BBC reported on Tuesday claimed United have seen a £70 million bid rejected by the Foxes although there have been claims that Leicester have received no direct approaches for the England international. The Daily Telegraph claims the east Midlands side told both United and Manchester City – who have also been linked with Maguire – of their valuation at the end of May.
The BBC’s report claims Maguire is interested in stepping up to what he believes will be a ‘higher level’. That’s despite United only qualifying for the Europa League next season.
Maguire was linked last summer with Manchester United but the club’s board decided to go against the wishes of then manager Jose Mourinho and not pursue a bid for a player then valued at around £65 million. But with another successful season behind him, Maguire’s valuation has increased and United will have to make a world-record bid for a defender if they are to land their man. Leicester will point to the £75 million for Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk. They regard Maguire as a better all-round defender than the Dutchman.
There is no news yet of a bid from Manchester City. The Premier League champions need to replace Vincent Kompany, who has joined Belgian side Anderlecht as player coach, and Nicolas Otamendi who is being linked with a move away from the club.
Maguire signed a five-year contract with Leicester only last September. He is currently on holiday having been granted an extra week off following his participation in the Nations League finals last month.
Real Want Pogba, Bale Swap
Meanwhile, Real Madrid are keen to include Gareth Bale in any deal for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
Bale has been told he is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu, but his £600,000-a-week contract is putting off any would-be purchasers.
Despite that, the Spanish newspaper Marca believes Real will offer Bale as part of a deal for Pogba. The Frenchman’s agent Mino Raiola has twice travelled to Spain for talks with the La Liga side. However, United are refusing to discuss any deal for the World Cup-winner.
Some outlets claim United might be swayed by Bale’s inclusion in any deal. However, he turns 30 this month and is looking for a similar deal to what he earns at present. United tend to lose interest in players once they reach 30 and are unlikely to pursue any deal for the Welshman.