Leicester City's Harry Maguire

Report: Man City claimed to be close to signing £65m Maguire

Manchester City are reported to be close to completing a £65m deal for Leicester defender Harry Maguire.

The England international has been subject of interest from both Manchester clubs this summer, however, reports today claim that the Premier League champions look to have beaten rivals United to a big-money deal for the 26-year-old.

Pep Guardiola had been keen to strengthen his defensive options following the departure of club captain Vincent Kompany to Anderlecht, whilst there are also doubts over the future of Nicolas Otamendi.

If the Daily Star are to be believed, and we’ll let you decide on that one, Man City are now close to completing a deal worth £65 million for the England international, despite Leicester reportedly demanding that any potential suitors make the former Hull City man the most expensive defender in the world.

A variety of well-respected sources have claimed that Leicester are demanding a fee of £80m for their prized asset, significantly higher than what the report claims to have been agreed.

However, the Leicester Mercury offer contradictory (and maybe more believable) insight into the Maguire saga, saying the Foxes will not lower their demands and that £65m will not enough to complete the deal.

This one is likely to rumble on…

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