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.
Eintracht Frankfurt star Luka Jovic has dropped a huge hint that he could join a Premier League club this summer.
The striker has impressed for the German side in the Bundesliga and Europa League this season. However, with Eintracht missing out on qualification for next season’s Champions League his is widely expected to depart for pastures new this summer.
Jovic, 21, has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid as part of manager Zinedine Zidane’s rebuilding of the side.
However, in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt, Jovic talked about how the physical style of the Premier League and Serie A would suit his game. Significantly, he didn’t mention La Liga as a potential destination.
The Serbian international has been linked with Chelsea in the past. However, given they are currently under a 2-window transfer ban, that avenue is unlikely to be pursued, unless the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturns the ruling.
If Chelsea are out of the running, there will be no shortage of Premier League rivals who would be interested. With suggestions Jovic could be available for £52 million, then clubs such as Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur would likely be interested in doing a deal. If that were the case, Jovic may be tempted to join City or Spurs, who can offer Champions League football next season.
Manchester City have offered winger Leroy Sane an improved contract as they bid to keep the player amid interest from German champions Bayern Munich.
Munich have been publicly courting Sane, as they look to rebuild their side following the departures of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and James Rodríguez at the end of the season.
The Bavarian side’s interest was stoked as contract talks between City and Sane have stalled in recent months.
However, City do not want the 23-year-old German international to leave and have made a new offer to him, said to be worth £150,000 per week, according to The Sunday Mirror.
It is also thought that manager Pep Guardiola sees him as integral to his plans, despite Sane not being a regular starter in the season that has just finished.
In addition, The Sunday Mirror reports that City will put a £100 million price tag on him to ward offer potential suitors. Sane also has two years left on his current deal, so City can ask for top dollar – at least for now.
City are said to be unhappy that Bayern bosses Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have spoken about wanting the player before making contact with the club about a deal.
European giants Manchester United and Real Madrid are set for a battle to sign £105 million-rated Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix this summer.
Felix has burst onto the scene this year scoring 20 goals and providing 11 assists for Benfica as they marched to the Portuguese league title and the semi-finals of the Europa League.
United are reportedly already in talks with Benfica over a possible deal and are said to be prepared to pay his £105 million release clause.
However, there are plenty Europe’s top clubs also interested in signing Felix. Atletico Madrid have also been watching him and could be lining him up as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann, who is departing for Barcelona.
Atletico’s city rivals Real, as well as Italian Champions Juventus are also interested, as are Liverpool and Manchester City, according to The Mirror.
Benfica have offered Felix a new deal in a bid to get him to stay, but know that if the release clause is met they will have little choice but to sell.
Felix’s agent is Jorge Mendes, who has had a good relationship with United in the past.
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