Gone are the days when transfer records would actually last. The modern era has ushered in a style wherein season after season, the likelihood of a financial record lasting seems to wane.
Now, it is unsurprisingly Manchester United that looks to be the one to rewrite the history books again.
This will deal with their intent of landing an adequate centre-back this window. Their current pursuits in the spot have been exhausting to say the least, and the giants will now revisit a possibility that was initially thought to be a closed avenue.
The report adds that only a bid that will exceed the world-record fee paid for a defender will be entertained by Leicester City. Currently, that accolade is held by Liverpool for the £75 million they paid to Southampton for Virgil van Dijk earlier this year.
This report is interesting when viewed with the fact that the Foxes earlier emphasized that the 25-year-old Englishman would remain with them this season, having already lost Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho is believed to be equal measures desperate and frustrated with United’s transfer woes this window and is eager to put a wrap on this deal.
Moreover, the report does add that should Maguire prove to be a lost cause, both Toby Alderweireld and Yerry Mina are options that will be pursued instead. Earlier reports indicated that the Mina deal may be off due to a fallout caused by the Colombian’s agent.
In the case of the Belgian, some hope seems to have resurfaced, with both Spurs and United reported to have met on an amicable fee for the 29-year-old.
The days are thin going into deadline day, and with their opening day encounter against Leicester looming close, who will Manchester United be able to field at the heart of their defense?