Harry Maguire has reportedly told Leicester City that he wants to leave, in order to force a move to Manchester United.
The England international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for over 12 months, with Jose Mourinho keen to land the centre-back last summer, only for executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to be unable to agree a deal.
A year on from their initial interest in ‘Slabhead’, Manchester United have still not managed to sign a new central defender of any sort, with the Red Devils being quoted inflated valuations for virtually all of their reported transfer targets.
United have already seen a £70 million bid knocked back, with Leicester said to be demanding a world record £80 million fee for their most prized asset.
While Maguire has so far not kicked up a fuss, the Mail is today reporting that he has informed Brendan Rodgers and his teammates of his desire to leave in order of fulfilling his ambition of playing European football.
It is claimed that the defender hopes that his request to leave will ‘ease the negotiations’ and maybe reduce their asking price.
Man City are also thought to be interested in signing the 26-year-old, although it is thought that they are not willing to pay above £65 million, leaving United as favourites to secure his signature.