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.
European giants Real Madrid and Juventus are set for a summer battle to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United.
Pogba recently said that after three years at United “it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.” This came after rumours that he wasn’t happy at United, despite having his best season on the pitch in terms of goal scoring.
This has alerted top clubs to his potential availability, and now bids may be incoming.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is known to be a big fan of his countryman. Zidane is rebuilding the Madrid side this summer -he has already signed several players, including Eden Hazard – and Pogba could be a good fit in the midfield.
Meanwhile Pogba made his name at Juventus and a return to Turin would appeal to him. Maurizio Sarri has just taken over there and knows him from his time in the Premier League. The opportunity to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo would also be a pull.
However, it will take a big money bid to get United to sell. At 27, Pogba is at the height of his career and United bosses will want to at least recoup the £89 million they paid Juventus for him three years ago. Previous reports have speculated on a fee of up to £120 million.
United could be willing to do business too. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could use the money to bring in other players – depending on whether he wants to build the squad around Pogba or not.
Any deal could be done quickly – Solskjaer has said he wants all transfer business wrapped up before the start of pre-season training.
Crystal Palace have rejected a £40 million bid for their star right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to reports.
Wan-Bissaka enjoyed a breakthrough season for the Eagles in 2018/19, making the right-back spot his own and making 39 appearances in all competitions. He has also been a regular in the England under-21 squad.
United have long been thought to have an interest in Wan-Bissaka. They are in the market for a right-back to replace the ageing Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia.
However, United’s bid falls well short of what the Eagles want for their star, who is contracted to the club until 2022. Sky Sports News says that Palace bosses are holding out for £60 million for him.
Whether United come in with a higher bid – or if Palace will lowers their demands – remains to be seen.
Other potential options for United include Tottenham Hotspur’s Kieran Trippier, who is seemingly out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino. He could be available for transfer, although other clubs would no doubt be interested.
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.
Perennial Ligue Un champions Paris St-Germain are planning to launch a bid to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea this summer.
PSG are seeking a goalkeeper to replace the great Gianluigi Buffon, who announced yesterday he was leaving the club. There was an option for him to stay for a further year but it wasn’t taken up.
de Gea has matured into one of the best goalies in the world in his time at Manchester United. The 28-year-old produced a string of fine displays last season.
However, de Gea only has a year left on his current deal at Old Trafford and has been stalling on signing a new one, with wage demands – said to be £350,000 per week – at potential stumbling block. United’s failure to secure a place in next season’s Champions League could also influence his thinking.
Of course, such wages would be no object to Qatar-backed PSG, and they are in the Champions League with a realistic chance of winning it.
United would be loathe to lose one of their star players, but they will also be mindful of the potential for losing him for nothing in summer 2020 so could cash in. Press reports have speculated that PSG could bid £60 million for him.
If de Gea were to go, then other clubs, such as Real Madrid would be interested. Los Blancos have been linked with him for years and it is thought Zinedine Zidane wants a new keeper after Thibault Coutois’ indifferent campaign last term.
United would also want a replacement. Lille’s Mike Maigan has been mentioned, as has Barcelona reserve Jasper Cillesson – both of whom would cost about half of what de Gea would.
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