Man United ready to break bank for £65m defender

Manchester United and Manchester City have told Leicester City they are willing to pay £65 million to secure the services of Harry Maguire.

The Manchester duo have been chasing the centre-back since the transfer window opened, with the Red Devils failing in a bid to sign the Englishman last summer. Harry Maguire impressed again for the Foxes last campaign and is open to the chance of joining a top-six club, but he will not agitate for a move, and Leicester City will only entertain offers above the £75 million mark.

Leicester City want a world record fee for the England international, and have held talks with the Premier League giants duo for several weeks.

The city rivals have made the same offer to the Foxes, telling them they will pay £65 million. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to bring in a quality centre-back, while Pep Guardiola wants to strengthen the homegrown ranks at Etihad. Leicester City paid £17m to sign Maguire back in 2017 and would make a sensational profit on the centre-back were they to sell this summer.

Manchester United’s search for a new centre-back has been ongoing for a year and Harry Maguire is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first choice.

The Norwegian wants to fill his squad with young homegrown players to return to the ethos of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Manchester United are ready to back their manager in the market, as are Manchester City with Pep Guardiola, who is on the verge of securing the deal for Rodri.