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Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal set for battle to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire

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Leicester City defender Harry Maguire is set to be the subject of a transfer battle between Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal this summer. 

Maguire, 26, has been impressive again for the Foxes this season, building on his breakthrough international tournament last summer at the World Cup.

There was plenty of interest in signing him last summer, with Manchester United particularly keen, but no deal was made – largely as Leicester played hard-ball and refused to sell.

However, there is likely to be interest from top clubs again this summer. Manchester United are – still – looking for a central defender and Maguire would fit the bill.

Arsenal are another club that are seeking to plug a leaky defence, and Tottenham are also looking for reinforcements, especially if Toby Alderweireld leaves, as is expected.

Chelsea are also thought to be interested, but given their transfer ban was upheld this week, they are out of the running.

But it is likely to take a British record fee for a defender to secure Maguire’s services. A fee of £60 million has been reported and seems realistic and could get Leicester to sell.

Manchester City plot January raid for Leicester City star Ben Chilwell

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Premier League champions Manchester City are plotting to make a bid for £50 million-rated Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell in January, according to reports.

City have been left short in the left-back position with first choice Benjamin Mendy out injured until February at the earliest. While players such as Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko have filled in there, boss Pep Guardiola is thought to want to sign a specialist for the position.

Chilwell has been identified as the number one target thanks to his eye-catching start to the season, according to The Mirror. Not only has the 21-year-old made the left-back position his own at Leicester City, he has also broken into the England side and is now arguably Gareth Southgate’s first choice in that position.

Mendy has performed well for City since his £52 million move from Monaco in summer 2017, but he has been plagued by injury. He missed most of last season with a cruciate ligament injury and has been out for some time this term too and is likely to be for some time yet. He has also been reprimanded by Guardiola for his social media postings and turning up late to training.

However, Leicester City are not likely to let one of their biggest assets go without a fight. He recently signed a new contract with the club up to 2024. The management played hardball with Manchester United in the summer when they came in for fellow £50 million-rated defender Harry Maguire and refused to do a deal. It is likely they would put up a similar fight for Chilwell.

But with money no object to City, if they really wanted to they could put together a transfer package that would be hard for club and player to ignore.

Manchester United linked to swoop for Bournemouth star Nathan Ake

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As Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho continues to search for a new centre-back, his attentions have now turned to AFC Bournemouth’s Dutch star Nathan Ake, according to reports.

Ake has been in fine form for Bournemouth this season, helping the side to its best ever start in the top flight. He signed for Bournemouth for £20 million from Chelsea in time for the 2017/18 season, having previously been on loan at the south coast club. He has also broken into the Netherlands national squad.

Mourinho has been known to be searching for a centre-back, and last summer spent time chasing, among others, Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld and Leciester City’s Harry Maguire, but this came to nought as United’s board refused to pay what was seen as over the odds for them.

Now it appears Mourinho’s attention has turned to Ake, who he worked with previously at Chelsea.

However, Ake himself has sought to cool the rumours, saying it is just speculation. “At the moment I play at Bournemouth and that is going well, so I focus on that. ‘This does not say much about my status yet. They are rumours on the internet and as long as I do not hear anything myself, I will not go into that.”

Bournemouth will also be reluctant to sell. Boss Eddie Howe wants to build his side around the 23-year-old. If they were to part with him, they would want considerably more for the player than the £20 million they signed him for.

Manchester United could have to pay world record fee to land Harry Maguire

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Manchester United may have to spend a world record fee for a defender to land Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, according to reports.

Maguire enjoyed a stellar World Cup with England, helping them to finish in 4th place thanks to some commanding performances at the back.

United manager Jose Mourinho is known to want a new centre-back to bolster the defence and Maguire has emerged as his number one target ahead of the likes of Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Raphael Varane of Real Madrid.

However, thanks to his World Cup exploits, Maguire’s value has soared. Leicester may have paid £17 million for him this time last year, but the Daily Star has reported that the Foxes could demand up to £80 million for him.

This would be a world record for a defender – the current record is the £75 million Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil Van Dijk last January.

It is thought that the Foxes are reluctant to part with their 25-year-old star but Maguire may be tempted by a move to a club that can offer him Champions League football.

If he was to move, then it could hasten the departure of two current United defenders, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian. Premier League new boys Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in Rojo, while it is expected Darmian will move to Juventus. The sale of both players would help to fund a move for Maguire – The Express reckons they could sell for a combined £48 million.

Manchester United and Manchester City in battle for England star Harry Maguire

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Manchester United and Manchester City look set for a battle to sign Leicester City and England star Harry Maguire this summer.

Maguire, one of the star’s of the England side that made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup, could be the subject of £50 million bids in the coming weeks.

City manager Pep Guardiola praised the centre-back for his performance against his side in last season’s EFL Cup.

Meanwhile United are known to be seeking defensive reinforcements his summer. They have been linked with want-away Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld, but Maguire could be another option. Maguire, at 25, is also 4 years younger than his Belgian counterpart.

However, Leicester will be loathe to lose one of the lynchpins of their side, and their owners have played hardball before over proposed transfers – such as refusing to sell Jamie Vardy to Arsenal two years ago.

That said, £50 million would represent a significant profit on the £17 million they paid Hull City for him last summer.

There is talk of Leicester offering Maguire an improved deal that could net him £100,000 a week.

But the defender is ambitious and having cemented his place in the England side could want to continue his development by testing himself in the Champions League.