Tuesday 20 August 2019

Harry Maguire showing no signs of trying to force move to Manchester United

Leicester’s Harry Maguire is a big transfer target for Manchester United (Mike Egerton/PA)
Leicester’s Harry Maguire is a big transfer target for Manchester United (Mike Egerton/PA)

Sam Wallace

Leicester City are confident that Harry Maguire will be committed to the club next season should Manchester United, or any other interested party fail to reach the King Power valuation on the England international of more than £75 million.

The 26-year-old has trained well during the club's first pre-season trip in France and has not shown any sign that he would try to force a move out of the club by downing tools. He is expected to be part of the match-day squad for a friendly against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park tomorrow, and there has been no hint of him being disruptive among team-mates.

The current impasse is that United see the player as being worth between £50 and £60 million - which Leicester feel is much too low especially given the £50 million paid for the relatively inexperienced Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

United know they have to get to a level of more than £75 million to get Leicester to the negotiating table but so far have chosen not go that high.

It is understood that Maguire would like a move to United, or Manchester City were they to come back into the bidding, but he understands his club's position and would not be a thorn in the side of Leicester were it not to happen.

It simply requires United, or indeed City, to improve their offer and that will be the defining factor - regardless of the enthusiasm of third parties to make the move happen.

Maguire signed a new deal with Leicester last season after the World Cup finals and has four years left to run on his current deal.

He is playing a full part in Leicester's pre-season which ramps this week with an intensive workload as well as tomorrow's game and a second against Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

One player who could be on his way out of Old Trafford is Romelu Lukaku, who said after United's 2-0 win over Perth Glory at the Optus Stadium on Saturday that he expected his future to become clearer during the course of this week.

Inter Milan are eager to sign Lukaku after Antonio Conte, the former Chelsea manager, identified the Belgium striker as his primary transfer target and the Italian club's chief executive, Beppe Marotta, believes a deal could be struck. "Lukaku? Yes, I am optimistic about everything," he said.

United are due to face Inter in Singapore on Saturday but Lukaku is waiting to see if there is progress before then.

Inter hope to sell Mauro Icardi to Juventus to free up cash to fund a deal. Icardi left Inter's training camp in Lugano over the weekend in order to return to Milan and will not travel with the squad on their tour of Asia.

United want to make a profit on Lukaku and are likely to demand around £90 million. (© Daily Telegraph, London)


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