Ed Woodward Ready To Secure Harry Maguire Signing By Paying £80m

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Manchester United are ready to match Leicester City’s £80m valuation of Harry Maguire.

The Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, is willing to cough up the big bucks and make Maguire the most expensive defender of all time, reports The Sun.

United are also prepared to offer the Englishman a largely lucrative five-year contract, with wages worth £350,000-a-week.

Further, they are also ready to include the likes of Eric Bailly or Marcos Rojo in a player-plus-cash offer, provided Leicester City are up for a potential exchange.

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Apart from breaking the bank to win the race for the 26-year-old, Manchester United possess yet another ace up their sleeve, in the form of assistant manager Mike Phelan.

Back when he was the manager of Hull City, Phelan was not only responsible for handing Maguire his first Premier League start, but he also rewarded the defender with the captain’s armband.

The pair continues to share a good relationship, and the Mancunian giants hope to use their rapport to convince the Foxes’ superstar to make the switch to Old Trafford.

Through Phelan, United intend to make it clear to Maguire that he will be just as important to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as Virgil van Dijk has been to Liverpool.