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Leicester City's Harry Maguire

Manchester United a massive £40 million short of Leicester’s Maguire valuation

Manchester United and Leicester are a huge £40m apart in their valuation of defender Harry Maguire.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are interested in a move for the England international as they bid to strengthen their defensive options, with Manchester United targeting the 26-year-old in their search for a commanding central defender.

Maguire, who is also attracting the interest of champions Manchester City, only signed a new long-term contract at Leicester last summer and the Foxes are under no pressure to sell.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are believed to value the former Hull City player at around £80m, a fee which would exceed the world-record fee for a defender which took Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool in 2018.

While some reports have said that United are willing to pay that fee, ESPN are suggesting that their chances of signing Maguire look unlikely, with the Red Devils valuing the defender at around half that figure.

United have made signing a centre-back a priority this summer after the clubs woeful defensive record last season. The club missed out on securing Champions League football after conceding 54 goals, their highest total in Premier League history.

The club began their summer rebuild with the £18m capture of Swansea City winger Daniel James, though will have to increase their valuation of Maguire significantly if they are to sign the Leicester defender this summer.

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