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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.

Atletico Madrid plan shock move for Leicester City star Jamie Vardy

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Europa League winners Atletico Madrid are plotting to bid for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy this summer as they seek to replace Barcelona-bound Antoine Griezmann.

Vardy, 31, who was named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup last week, has apparently impressed Atletico boss Diego Simeone in recent seasons.

Simeone thinks Vardy can complement Diego Costa up front for the side, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Griezmann is expected to complete an £85 million move to Barcelona soon, so reinforcements are needed. Vardy had another impressive season at Leicester, and his performances in the 2016/17 Champions League campaign have also not been forgotten by Atletico’s management.

Given his age, Vardy would not break the bank, although Leicester will be loathe to lose one of their stars – especially as more bids are expected for Riyad Mahrez this summer.

The Sunday Mirror speculate that a bid of £16-20 million could be enough to tempt Leicester’s bosses to part with him.

But whether Vardy would move is another matter – he famously turned Arsenal down a couple of summers ago to stay at the King Power Stadium. But could the lure of the Champions League and Madrid prove too much?

Manchester City renew interest in Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez

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Premier League champions Manchester City have reportedly renewed their interest in signing Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez.

Manchester City came close to signing Mahrez in a £65 million deal in January, but the deal broke down on deadline day. However, the clubs have remained in contact since then, so a deal may yet be done this summer, according to the Leicester Mercury.

Leicester bosses are still holding out for £80 million for their playmaker, who scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists in the 2017/18 season. He has also hit double figures for goals and assists in two of the past three seasons. At 27, he should be entering the peak of his playing career.

The Algerian has previously been open to a move away from Leicester and, with the club missing out on European qualification this season, may be tempted by the prospect of playing Champions League football again.

But Mahrez is not the only player interesting Manchester City. They are also reportedly interested in Crystal Palace’s talismanic winger Wilfried Zaha, with a potential £50 million deal being mooted in various newspapers. It is thought that City would go for one or other of the players, but not both.

All the factz you need to know on today’s Premier League matches

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The final day of the 2017/18 Premier League season sees all 20 clubs kick-off at the same time. While most of the big issues have been settled – champions, champions league qualification and relegation – there is still plenty to play for. All matches kick off at 3pm. Here are the factz you need to know:

Burnley v AFC Bournemouth

* Burnley beat Bournemouth 1-2 at the Vitality Stadium earlier in the season.
* Burnley are assured of 7th place – their highest league finish since 6th place in the old Division 1 in 1974.
* Bournemouth have won just 1 of their last 12 away matches (6 defeats).
* Cherries manager Eddie Howe has used just 21 players this season.
* There have been just 30 goals scored in 18 previous PL matches at Turf Moor this season: 15 each for Burnley and their opponents.

Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion

* The sides played out a goalless draw back in December at the Hawthorns.
* Palace are in good form – 4 wins in their last 7 matches and just 1 defeat.
* West Brom have also hit form, just slightly too late to stave off relegation: they’ve won 3 and drawn 2 since Darren Moore took over.
* The Baggies have won as many matches in their last 4 outings as they did in their previous 42.
* Palace could finish 10th this season – their equal highest placing in the PL era, despite losing their first 7 matches.

Huddersfield Town v Arsenal

* Huddersfield’s last victory at home over Arsenal came back in 1971 at their old Leeds Road ground.
* Huddersfield have won just 3 of their last 17 league matches, losing 9.
* They have also scored just 28 goals – only Swansea have netted fewer.
* Arsenal have lost all 7 of their PL away matches in 2018.
* This is Arsene Wenger’s 1235th game in charge of the Gunners.

Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion

* Liverpool thrashed Brighton 1-5 at the Amex back in December.
* Liverpool need to avoid defeat to go through the whole season unbeaten at home.
* But they have won just one of their past 5 league matches, although they have only lost one as well.
* Brighton have won just 1 of their last 8 PL matches, losing 4.
* Brighton haven’t won in their last 12 away matches, losing 8. They have only scored 10 goals away from home all season.

Manchester United v Watford

* United won 2-4 at Vicarage Road earlier in the season.
* Manchester United are guaranteed to finish in second place – their highest placing since 2012/13 – Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge when they won the title.
* Watford’s won last time out against Newcastle was their first in 8 matches.
* Watford haven’t scored in any of their last 8 away matches.
* United have kept 18 clean sheets this season – a League high.

Newcastle United v Chelsea

* Chelsea beat Newcastle 3-0 in December. The Blues also beat the Magpies 3-1 in the FA Cup.
* Newcastle have lost their last 4 matches. They won the 4 before that.
* Chelsea are unbeaten in 6, winning 4 of those matches.
* Newcastle could finish 10th today, if they better Crystal Palace’s result. But if they lose and other results don’t go their way they could finish as low as 15th.
* If Eden Hazard scores, he will move up to third on Chelsea’s all-time PL top scorer list. He’s currently tied on 69 with Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink.

Southampton v Manchester City

* A 96th minute winner from Raheem Sterling secured all 3 points for City in the reverse fixture in November.
* Saints have won 2 of their last 3 matches to secure their PL status.
* A win for City will see them become the first top flight team in history to reach the 100-point mark.
* A win would be their 32nd of the season – which would be another English top-flight record, beating Spurs’ mark from 1960/61.
* Saints aren’t great at home – winning just 19 points at St Mary’s so far this season. Only West Brom have won fewer points on home turf.

Swansea City v Stoke City

* Stoke beat Swansea 2-1 in the reverse fixture.
* Swansea need to win, hope Southampton lose and have a 10-goal swing to them to stay up.
* Swansea’s main problem has been goals – they’ve got just 27 all season.
* Stoke haven’t won in 13 PL matches (6 defeats).
* Stoke also have the worst away record – just 1 win and 10 point won.

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City

* Leicester beat Spurs 2-1 earlier in the season, thanks to goals from Vardy and Mahrez.
* Spurs are guaranteed a top-4 spot for the third time in four seasons – they haven’t had a run like that since the 1960s.
* Leicester have won 1 of their last 6 matches, losing 4.
* Harry Kane has scored 13 goals in 14 appearances at Wembley Stadium. He’s also scored 9 times against the Foxes.
* The last 0-0 draw between the sides was back in 1948.

West Ham United v Everton

* Everton thrashed the Hammers 4-0 at Goodison Park last November, with Wayne Rooney bagging a hat-trick.
* West Ham have lost 5 of their last 10 PL matches, winning just 2.
* Everton have won 4 of their last 10 PL matches, losing 3.
* West Ham have lost 10 games by a margin of 3 or more goals this season – no top flight side has lost more than that since West Brom in 1985/6.
* Everton have beaten West Ham 24 times in 43 PL matches. The Hammers have won on just 7 occasions.