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.