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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.