Ed Woodward ‘will stop at nothing’ to sign Harry Maguire this summer

Manchester United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward is reportedly ready to match Leicester City’s £80 million valuation of central defender Harry Maguire. It is stated that Woodward will stop at nothing to ensure the Old Trafford club signs the 26-year-old this summer. If only the same thinking was applied last summer when Woodward stopped at everything to stop Jose Mourinho from making a defensive signing.

It is even reported that Maguire would be given a five-year contract with a wage of £350,000 per week, which seems a little high, especially when Marcus Rashford is aiming to get a contract of around the same weekly wage. Leicester City has been holding out for a world record fee to let Maguire leave the King Power Stadium this summer.

There are even suggestions that either Eric Bailly or Marcos Rojo, or even both, could be used in a potential deal which could see Maguire head to the Theatre of Dreams before the closure of the transfer window this summer. The main thing in the report is the fact that Mike Phelan, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s assistant manager, gave Maguire his debut at Hull City, also making him the captain of the club during the 2016/17 season.

Both Maguire and Phelan have a good relationship and it is suggested that this relationship, of sorts, could be an advantage with Manchester City also interested in the defender, although it is suggested that the fee wanted is too high for them. Despite it partly being because of City that transfer fees had risen in the past due to their want to become a bigger club quickly.

It is understood that Maguire has not asked for a transfer this summer although The Mirror reported on Saturday that the 26-year-old had a gentleman’s agreement with Leicester’s late chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, of which his son, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha would reportedly honour.

Mike Phelan also sees Maguire as a player of huge importance with the report suggesting he could be a player like Virgil van Dijk for United this summer, which would be great to see. In fact, anything but Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in defence would be great. Those two can remain as squad players, if they are not sold, which is unlikely as Woodward seems to love them, for some reason. Time will tell if these reports are, in fact, true.

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