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Manchester United's £70m Harry Maguire bid is not enough, say Leicester

 

Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire

By Robert Jones

Manchester United will have to increase their £70m offer for Harry Maguire with Leicester insisting it falls short of their valuation.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to add an elite-level centre-back, with the Old Trafford club targeting the England defender just as they did under Jose Mourinho last summer.

However, Leicester do not want to sell Maguire and are under no financial pressure to let the 26-year-old leave.

Manchester City are also reportedly interested in the former Sheffield United and Hull player, but United have made their move with an offer in the region of £70m.

Maguire is currently on holiday having been given an extended break following his part in England's Nations League campaign in Portugal.

And, while not the type to agitate for a move, the centre-back is said to have made Leicester aware he is open to exploring other opportunities on the transfer market this summer.

That is a different stance to last summer, when interest was swatted away by the Foxes before the player signed a new and improved deal through to 2023.

United have already signed right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace in a deal rising to £50m, while they are keen on also bringing in Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff having also snapped up Daniel James from Swansea.

Burnley's James Tarkowski is a potential replacement for Maguire at Leicester but the Foxes have Filip Benkovic returning from a loan spell with Celtic, where he worked with Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers before the Carnlough man moved to the midlands in February.

Maguire joined Leicester from Hull City for just £17m two years ago and has made 76 appearances for the club, scoring on five occasions.

He also has 20 caps for England, scoring once in last summer's 2-0 World Cup quarter-final win over Sweden.

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