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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.

All the factz on Manchester City v Leicester City, including which TV channel its on

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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.

All the factz on the March 30 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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There are five matches that kick off at 3pm in the Premier League today, with the focus very much on the relegation battle. 

At this point in the season, teams are getting increasingly desperate to get to a points total that will keep them in the division for another year, so expect some frantic football.

Here are the factz you need to know:

Brighton & Hove Albion v Southampton 

* In the reverse fixture, Brighton came from 2 goals down to snatch a draw at St Mary’s.
* Brighton’s form has recovered recently – two wins out of two following a run of one win in 12.
* Saints are stuttering and have yet to win away from home under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
* Goals have been Brighton’s problem recently – they’ve only scored more than once in a game in their last 12 home matches.

* James Ward-Prowse is Saints’ main man at the moment – he has scored in 3 successive matches and has 6 goals in all in 2019.

Burnley v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

* Wolves won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Molineux.

* Burnley have lost their last 4 matches, dragging them back into relegation trouble.
* Wolves are in good form; 4 wins in their last 8 matches and just one defeat.
* The Clarets haven’t kept a clean sheet in 8 matches.

* Raul Jimenez is Wolves’ main man – he’s had a hand in 18 of their 38 league goals this season (12 goals).

Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town

* Huddersfield could be relegated today – and would equal the Premier League record if they do.
* Palace are at risk of being dragged back into the relegation fight – they have lost 3 of their last 4 PL matches.
* However, Huddersfield have lost 16 of their last 18 PL matches, winning just one.
* Selhurst Park is far from a fortress for Palace this season – they’ve won just 13 points there. Only Huddersfield have a worst record.

* Huddersfield have scored just 18 goals this season – 9 fewer than anyone else.

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth

* Bournemouth thumped Leicester 4-2 at the Vitality Stadium earlier in the season.
* Leicester have won 3 of their 4 matches under Brendan Rodgers.
* Bournemouth are out of form, with 1 win in their last 7 matches, with 4 defeats in that run.
* Leicester haven’t kept a clean sheet in their past 10 matches.

* The Cherries aren’t great on the road – they’ve already lost 11 PL matches away from the Vitality Stadium.

Manchester United v Watford

* United love playing Watford – they’ve won 15 of the last 16 meetings in all competitions.
* The Red Devils haven’t lost at home in the PL since August – a run of 12 matches.
* Watford have won 12 matches this season – they haven’t won 13 in a top flight season since 1986/7.
* Gerard Deulofeu is Watford’s form man with 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 appearances.
* However, United have kept just two clean sheets at home all season – only Fulham have a worse record.