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Manchester United place £70 million bid for Harry Maguire, Leicester City turn it down – reports

Manchester United have reportedly made a £70 million bid for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been pursuing the England defender for a while now and the club had the chance to sign him last summer but Ed Woodward opted to not back Jose Mourinho in strengthening the clubs defence, who conceded 54 goals in the Premier League alone last season.

Sky Sports has also reported the bid but go further, using their sources, to suggest that Leicester has turned down the £70 million offer. Previous reports have suggested that the club would be looking for £90 million to let the 26-year-old leave the club this summer, which would be a world record fee for a defender – a fee which would be considered as high for Maguire. The now 26-year-old joined Leicester from Hull City in the summer of 2017 for just £17 million.

Both United and Manchester City have held an interest in Maguire this summer with previous reports suggesting that City would end up signing the player, with nothing yet materialising, other than the reports that it would take £90 million to prise the player away from the club this summer. A fortnight ago, United was linked with a £65 million offer, something which City indicated they would also pay.

Obviously, if a club is willing to pay £70 million for the player, Leicester will see that it is close to the fee they are holding out for, hoping that the club will increase that offer. It has been suggested in the past that Maguire had a gentleman’s agreement with the late Vichai Srivddhanaprabha and his son was said to be honouring that agreement.

Virgin van Dijk signed for Liverpool in January 2018 for £75 million and perhaps Leicester will be holding out for a similar fee. If United does, in fact, want Maguire to strengthen the defence, then they will need to think about the highest bid they will place for the player and think about heading in that direction instead of making offers they know will be rejected, which will not placate the fan base, who are still reeling from last season.

United has signed just two players so far this summer in Daniel James, a £15 million addition from Swansea City, although with add ons, the fee could reach £18 million and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a £45 million signing from Crystal Palace, whose fee could reach £50 million with add ons. United are currently linked with Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes and Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff this summer.

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