Manchester United have been impressed by Harry Maguire and are ready to make a massive bid for the Englishman
It was a positive World Cup campaign for the England National Team. While football might not have “come home”, they still managed to reignite the long lost faith and optimism in the fan base. Each player returns from Russia with their reputation enhanced and none more so than Leicester defender Harry Maguire. Fondly known as “slab-head”, Maguire was a behemoth at the back for Gareth Southgate. Because of his impressive displays, the 25-year-old has caught the eye of Manchester United.
Despite buying Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly in the summers gone by Mourinho is not satisfied with the centre-backs available to him. Consequently, United hierarchy is prepared to spend upwards of £50 million for the towering defender.
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However, having just lost Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City, Leicester are in no mood of letting go of the player. He arrived last summer for what now seems like a bargain amount of £17 million. His brilliant debut campaign for the Foxes earned him a shock call-up to the national side.
Before leaving for World Cup, the former Premier League champions sat down to discuss a contract extension with Maguire. They are confident of agreeing to a new deal with the player. The Telegraph claims that he will be handed a contract worth £80,000-a-week.
Manchester United have made enquiries for Harry Maguire but Leicester are set to offer him a lucrative contract extension. [telegraph]
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Meanwhile, Riyad Mahrez believes that his former teammate deserves a move to a “higher-club”. Speaking at his unveiling as Manchester City’s latest signing, he said:
“[Maguire’s] a very good player. Since the day he came to Leicester, the season he had last season as well, it doesn’t surprise me to see him succeeding at the World Cup.”
“Of course, he deserves to play higher. But Leicester is a good club as well, so it’s him, he’ll have to decide and see.”
No one expected Maguire to progress the way he has over the past 12 months. A move to Leicester appeared to be as good as it would get for him, but he has well and truly broken through the ‘glass ceiling’ this past season. A move to a bigger club beckons for the player, he stands at a career crossroads at the moment.