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.
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.
The final match in this round of Premier League fixtures sees Manchester City take on Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium.
City are desperate to take three points and, with it, regain the lead in the title race. This isn’t a meaningless fixture for Leicester either, as they could still finish in 7th place, which could yet yield a Europa League spot.
The match kicks off at 8pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:
* Leicester beat Manchester City 2-1 in the reverse fixture at the King Power Stadium. City also needed penalties to beat them in the Carabao Cup.
* However, City are on a 12-match winning streak in the Premier League. They’ve conceded just 3 goals in this run.
* They have also won 17 out of 18 PL matches at the Etihad Stadium this season.
* However, Leicester are also in great form having won 6 of their last 7 PL matches, drawing the other.
* Sergio Aguero has scored 15 league goals at the Etihad this season.