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Harry Maguire set to seal world record move to Manchester City 

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Leicester City defender Harry Maguire is set to complete an £80 million move to Manchester City this week, according to reports. 

City’s rivals Manchester United has been thought to be in pole position to sign the 26-year-old but now their rivals are set to bag the England international having made a huge wage offer.

City have offered Maguire £280,000 per week – something he is believed to have said is too good to turn down, according to the Daily Mirror.

They have also reportedly agreed to Leicester’s £80 million valuation of him – something United were baulking at.

However, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly not given up hope of signing Maguire and could come back in with another bid.

Leicester City are loathe to lose one of their star players, but a bid of £80 million would be hard to turn down. Especially so if the player has had his head turned.

City manager Pep Guardiola is thought to see Maguire as the successor to Vincent Kompany, who left the club at the end of last season. For Maguire, joining City would allow him to fulfil is ambition of playing Champions League football.

Manchester United and Manchester City set for battle to sign Leicester City star Harry Maguire

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Rivals Manchester United and Manchester City are set to go head-to-head in a bid to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire this summer, according to reports. 

Maguire cemented his reputation as one of the finest central defenders in the Premier League last season, with a succession of impressive displays for Leicester City and England. This built on his international breakthrough at last summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Understandably, he is attracting interest from top clubs. United tried to buy Maguire for £50 million last summer, but Leicester refused to sell him. With a centre-back still a priority signing for new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, their interest in Maguire is set to be renewed.

However, their rivals from the blue half of Manchester are also said to be interested, according to the Daily Star. With Vincent Kompany having left to take over as player-manager of Anderlecht, and rumours Nicholas Otamendi could leave for Atletico Madrid, manager Pep Guardiola needs to strengthen his defence.

However, it could take a record fee for a defender to secure his signature. With the Foxes having turned down £50 million last summer, and Maguire’s reputation having been enhanced since then, a huge fee will likely be needed for Leicester to play ball.

The current record fee for a defender is the £75 million Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk. Something similar could well tempt Leicester into selling.

Maguire himself deflected questions about his future at a recent England press conference. However, it is known that he wants to test himself in European competition.

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.