Manchester United could ‘walk away’ from a deal for Harry Maguire, with Leicester demanding a world-record fee for the England international.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had identified the 26-year-old as their number one target, with the club looking to strengthen their defensive options this summer.
However, according to Sky Sports transfer reporter Rob Dorsett, Leicester’s huge valuation could see United ‘walk away’ from the deal, claiming the Old Trafford outfit have their eye on ‘another centre-back’.
“It’s United who have made the running, they’ve made the formal bids,” Dorsett said.
“City have just indicated to Leicester each time they’re willing to match it, without making a formal bid.
“I think that’s because they have the confidence to know that if it comes down to even prices and Leicester say to Maguire ‘choose your club’ that he’s going to choose to go and join Pep Guardiola.
“What I’ve been told from a couple of sources up in the north-west today is United also have another centre-back they’re looking at.
“And whilst they might have more money to spend on Maguire than maybe Manchester City, and that’s been said to me as well, they’re not convinced they’re going to spend it there. And if the price keeps going up, they may walk away from the deal.
“That’s a really interesting dynamic that United are making the running, they have more money to spend, and yet they’ve got another they might go for.
“Manchester City value Harry Maguire very highly but not at £80m. They have a very specific structure in place and a plan of what he’s worth and they won’t go beyond that.
“So it’s still a game of poker.”