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Manchester United step up Maguire pursuit with £70 million bid

Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Harry Maguire, with reports saying they have lodged a bid worth £70 million.

The Leicester City defender is attracting the attentions of both Manchester clubs following his impressive performances for the Foxes and for England over the last two years.

It is thought that Maguire prefers a move to Man City, where he would replace outgoing captain Vincent Kompany, who has taken up a player-manager role at Belgian side Anderlecht.

However, the Premier League champions are thought to be refusing to pay more than £65 million for the 26-year-old, with Leicester said to want a fee in excess of the £75m that Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk in January 2018, the current world record fee for a defender.

Now, a number of reports, including Sky Sports, say that Manchester United have submitted a bid of £70 million to move ahead of their Manchester rivals.

While United are currently leading the race for Maguire at present, the report insists that any potential deal is still ‘some way from being agreed’.

United have been keen to strengthen their central defensive options for 12 months, with Jose Mourinho chasing a whole host of centre-backs last summer – including Maguire – only for Ed Woodward fail to land any of the Portuguese’s reported targets. United would go on to concede a record high of 54 goals in the Premier League in a campaign in which they finished sixth.

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