Manchester United ‘turning up the heat’ to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City


Manchester United are reportedly ‘turning up the heat‘ in a bid to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City this summer. Jose Mourinho is reportedly seeking to sign the 25-year-old this summer after his performances for England during the FIFA World Cup which saw them finish fourth in the tournament this summer in Russia.

It is suggested that the clubs executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is working on deals for both Maguire and Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld, who has been linked to the Old Trafford club all summer. Mourinho, who has grown frustrated with the lack of business happening at the club this summer, according to the media, insists that one of the players is signed before the closure of the transfer window.

United will face Leicester City at Old Trafford in their first Premier League fixture at Old Trafford on Friday 10 August 2018, with the transfer window closing the day before. The FIFA regulated transfer window will close on the 31 August so the club could still see departures until that date, as long as they are going to foreign clubs.

It is suggested that a possible deal for Maguire could reach £60 million with Spurs demanding £75 million for Alderweireld. Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City which came to £50 million is the current record for a British defender, which is something that could be beaten this summer, if Maguire heads to the Theatre of Dreams. Leicester recently sold Riyad Mahrez to City and will want to keep Maguire.

Maguire was signed for £17 million last summer, signing from Hull City. He has four years remaining on his current contract so Leicester do not need to sell him but could make a hefty profit in doing so. United will have a fortnight to get their summer business done with Mourinho wanting two more signings this summer, a central defender and a forward.

So far this summer, Mourinho has signed Portuguese right-back Diogo Dalot, who is part of the pre-season squad in the United States of America but as he was recovering from an injury when he was signed, he has not played a part in the three matches played so far. Fred was the second arrival this summer and he will link up with his teammates on Thursday with Lee Grant the third, already making three appearances this summer.

If Mourinho does manage to get two more signings and presuming they are a central defender and a right-winger, the problem areas at the club may well have been solved. United will then be able to concentrate on selling those who are on the market this summer with Matteo Darmian destined to leave the Theatre of Dreams with Daley Blind, who left for Ajax and Sam Johnstone, who left for West Bromwich Albion.

Mourinho will be expected to assemble a squad capable of challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title next season but with Liverpool’s spending and Spurs’ strength, it could become a four or even five way battle for glory this season. The media have been suggesting that Mourinho is unhappy, which could be a ruse to get Woodward moving to bring in the missing pieces.

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