Leicester City's Harry Maguire

Manchester United pull out of Maguire race after Leicester demand £100 million

Manchester United have reportedly pulled out of signing Harry Maguire after Leicester City demanded £100 million for the defender. 

The Englishman has been desired by both Manchester clubs since his performances for the national team at last year’s World Cup, helping the Three Lions reach the semi-finals before bowing out to Croatia.

However, the Red Devils are no longer interested, according to the Mirror, who have reported that the Foxes are looking for £90m (€100m) plus £10m (€11m) in add-ons.

Manchester United value the player at £60m (€67m) and are unwilling to pay over the odds for the centre-back, despite needing to strengthen a backline that conceded 54 goals in the Premier League last season, more than any other team in the top half of the table bar West Ham United (55).

The Mirror also report that Manchester City are willing to pay £65m (€72m) to Leicester to partner up Maguire with Aymeric Laporte in the middle of the defence after Vincent Kompany left at the end of the season for Anderlecht.

Should the 2016 league champions get anywhere near what they’re asking for Maguire, then he would cost more than Virgil van Dijk did for Liverpool when they bought him from Southampton for £75m (€83m) in 2018, making him the most expensive defender of all time.

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