Tuesday 21 May 2019

Foxes set to offer Maguire new deal

Harry Maguire Photo: Adam Davy/PA
Harry Maguire Photo: Adam Davy/PA

James Ducker

Leicester City are prepared to make Harry Maguire the second highest paid player at the club behind Jamie Vardy after warning Manchester United that the England centre-back is not for sale.

United, who are ready to offload Marcos Rojo to Wolves for £25m (€28m), are willing to smash the record fee for an English defender by offering in excess of £60m (€67m) for Maguire, but Leicester manager Claude Puel wants to rebuild his side around the former Hull defender and the Foxes are ready to demonstrate the 25-year-old's value to them with a new contract worth up to £100,000 (€112,000) per week.

United will not be easily dissuaded, but it could take an eye-watering offer of more than £70m - close to the world-record £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January - to force the Midlands club to soften their stance.

As Leicester have proven with Riyad Mahrez, though, they will not be bullied into selling.

Kyle Walker, who joined Manchester City from Tottenham Hotspur for £50m last summer, is the most expensive English defender in history.

Toby Alderweireld, of Spurs, and AC Milan's Leonardo Bonucci are other centre-backs with whom United have been linked with.

With the transfer window due to close on August 9 - the day before United face Leicester at Old Trafford in the Premier League curtain-raiser - time is running out for Mourinho to strengthen.

One defender who is expected to leave Old Trafford before the window closes is Matteo Darmian.

The Italy right-back was given the captain's armband during United's friendly against AC Milan in Los Angeles in the early hours of Thursday, but is still hoping to quit Old Trafford this summer as he does not feel he will play enough first-team football next term.

Mourinho has confirmed he will allow the Italian to leave in this transfer window, but warned they have yet to receive a realistic offer and would not let him go cheaply. (© The Daily Telegraph, London)


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