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Leicester City's Harry Maguire

Leicester to honour Maguire’s ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with late owner

Leicester City will allow Harry Maguire to leave the club this summer, honouring a gentleman’s agreement that he struck with late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The England international was strongly linked with a move to Manchester United 12 months ago, with Jose Mourinho keen to add the Leicester defender to his ranks after his impressive showing at the World Cup.

The Foxes refused to sell their star asset at any cost, although according to the Mirror, he did secure a gentleman’s agreement with late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha that he would be allowed to leave this summer.

While Leicester are desperate to keep Slabhead at the King Power stadium beyond this summer, they are willing to honour the agreement made by their former owner, who was of course tragically killed in that helicopter crash back in October.

The 26-year-old has been strongly linked with a move away from the Midlands club this summer, with both Manchester sides keen on his signature.

It is thought that Maguire’s preference is to join Premier League champions Man City, where Pep Guardiola is eyeing him as a replacement for Vincent Kompany, although the Citizens are reluctant to meet Leicester’s £80m+ asking price.

Manchester United meanwhile are reported to be happy to splash the cash, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in desperate need of defensive reinforcements after they conceded a record 54 goals last season.

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