Manchester United are ‘no closer’ to securing a world-record deal for Leicester’s Harry Maguire, despite several spurious claims this week.
Either there’s a fault with the door of the Old Trafford medical room and the England international remains trapped inside, or reports of the formalities of the deal being close to completion were wide of the mark.
First it was The Sun saying a medical was booked for last Monday, then over the weekend, Bleacher Report claimed Manchester United had agreed terms on an £80m deal. (More fool you, if you believed either report).
United finally agreeing terms on the £80m Maguire deal.
Mad amount of money to spend on him and Wan-Bissaka this summer but also very necessary
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) July 21, 2019
But… it’s no closer to happening.
The Leicester Mercury are now reporting that United are ‘no closer’ to securing a big-money deal for the 26-year-old, with Maguire continuing to train with Brendan Rodgers’ side as normal despite the speculation surrounding his future.
Leicester remain adamant they will not sell the in-demand centre-back unless their valuation is met, the Foxes rejecting initial offers for Maguire as they hold out for a world-record fee for a defender.
Manchester City are also believed to be monitoring developments with Pep Guardiola keen to add a central defender this summer, however the champions are yet to make a bid and remain unlikely to match Leicester’s £80m asking price.