Wednesday 22 May 2019

Manchester United ready to splash out £60m for Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire. Photo: Getty Images
Harry Maguire. Photo: Getty Images

James Ducker

Jose Mourinho is determined to make Harry Maguire his fourth signing of the summer after midfielder Fred, right-back Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper Lee Grant and has told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that he wants a deal completed before the August 9 deadline.

United are thought to be willing to pay about £60m (€68m) with add-ons for Maguire.

However, Leicester, who visit United in the opening match of the new Premier League season a fortnight today, are determined not to sell and are still hoping to persuade the 25-year-old to sign a new contract.

Maguire, who has four years left on his deal with Leicester, is understood to be intrigued by the prospect of a move to Old Trafford but he is known to be happy at Leicester.

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If Mourinho gets his man, he will be told to offload one of the five central defenders currently on the club's books. Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly - two Mourinho recruits - are expected to stay for now, leaving Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo in the firing line.

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