Leicester City are ready to play hard-ball over the potential sale of Harry Maguire, with the Foxes looking for a mammoth £85m for their defender.
According to reports from the Sun today, Manchester United are now the only club in the running to sign the England international, but the Foxes are keen to get as much money as possible for their key central defender and will look to demand just shy of £90m for Maguire.
Since moving to the King Power Stadium in the summer of 2017, the former Sheffield United youngster has developed into one of the most recognisable English players around. A regular under Gareth Southgate as the Three Lions impressed in both the World Cup and UEFA Nations League, pundits such as Glenn Hoddle and Gary Neville lavished him with praise for his ability on the ball when out in Russia last year.
It is, of course, hard to deny Maguire’s quality after a meteoric rise following his aforementioned move from Hull City two years ago, though getting the kind of fee mentioned in the report would surely prove excellent business from the Foxes.
Why? Well, no one in the history of the game has ever paid that amount for a defender, with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk the current record-holder at £10m less. Indeed, when comparing the two, the Dutchman beats Maguire in almost every defensive aspect collated by WhoScored, with van Dijk winning more aerial duels, committing fewer fouls and making more clearances per Premier League game.
With that kind of money potentially involved for a player who apparently does not want to be there, the former Premier League champions could strengthen their squad even further ahead of a serious top six push, an aim highlighted by Brendan Rodgers back in April.
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