Man United ready to pay £80m for English defender

Manchester United and Manchester City are set to compete for the signature of Harry Maguire following the conclusion of England’s UEFA Nations League campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the lookout for a central defender while Pep Guardiola is after a replacement for departed Vincent Kompany who left for Anderlecht.

Leicester City do not want to cash in on Harry Maguire but value him at around £80 million which would eclipse the £75m fee that Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil Van Dijk.

A deal over £80m would also make the England international comfortably the most expensive English player of all-time ahead of Kyle Walker who cost Manchester City £50 million when moving from Spurs back in 2017.

Harry Maguire has emerged as one of the most sought-after centre-backs in the Premier League since impressing for the Foxes following his £16 million move from Hull City back in 2017 as well as for England at last summer’s World Cup.

Despite being linked with a move away from King Power Stadium, the powerhouse defender is contracted to Leicester City until 2023 and recently claimed that the club are moving in a positive direction under Brendan Rodgers.

‘Leicester’s an exciting club to be at. Brendan has improved the team in the recent months, and he’s someone we’re looking forward to working with. I’m sure he will take the club forward,’ he said.

Manchester United have been linked with a host of high-profile central defenders this summer including Matthijs De Ligt and Kalidou Koulibaly, while they are also interested in recruiting Aaron Wan-Bissaka.