Harry Maguire was the match-winner in Leicester City’s 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday after a summer of speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.
Maguire, who fired past Alex McCarthy from outside of the box in the 92nd minute to give Leicester all three points, had become Manchester United’s primary target in the transfer market after a deal to bring Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld to Old Trafford became too complicated to complete (via Sky Sports).
However, Leicester were able to fight off the Red Devils’ advances for the central defender with Maguire confirming the club had reiterated to him he was not for sale at any price (via Leicestershire Mercury).
£40.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Maguire was one of England’s star performers at this summer’s World Cup, so it was unsurprising to see the 25-year-old generate interest during the transfer window given his displays at the tournament.
Leicester, though, should not feel home and dry yet with Maguire still likely to be an attractive target in January or next summer, and not just to Manchester United.
Chelsea were in the market for a centre-back prior to the beginning of the new season but failed in their pursuit of Juventus’ Daniele Rugani (via Evening Standard), while there are still doubts to whether Dejan Lovren is of the standard to partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of Liverpool’s defence.
With that in mind, it would not come as a shock if either club made a move for Maguire next year.
Maguire’s ability to pass out from the back and bring the ball out of defence so effectively makes him the ideal centre-back for managers such as Maurizio Sarri and Jurgen Klopp.
Furthermore, the King Power hierarchy must tie down Maguire to a new deal before the Premier League top six come sniffing.