It is often remarked that during the transfer window nothing should be taken for granted until official announcements are made and new arrivals are presented in the club’s jersey.
However, given the stature of the behind-the-scenes drama with regard to sagas today, leaving a story unchecked until its culmination is a hard feat.
On multiple occasions already this window, it has become evident that Manchester United’s progress in their transfer deals has been overestimated and then subsequently reported.
Over the weekend the claims were strongly suggesting that Leicester City and United had agreed on a fee for Harry Maguire and that a transfer was on.
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However, the most recent reports are painting a rather conservative picture.
As per the Telegraph, no new official bid has been submitted for Maguire and that Leicester will only sell the English defender if a bid of over £80 million is made. The report adds that the Foxes are aware that Maguire wishes to move to either Manchester United or Manchester City.
Most reports have been claiming that City are long out of the race for the defender as they aren’t willing to go over the £60 million mark. United, however, are desperate for a world-class presence at the back and may be forced into a desperate move by this measure.
The weekend reports had suggested that the Old Trafford outfit would be able to convince the Foxes by paying £60 million up-front and the rest £20 million through add-ons.
At this point, it is unclear just how true that claim is and it seems likely that Leicester may be holding out on a straight transfer.
If a party does accept their demand, Maguire will become the most expensive defender in world football, with the total sum eclipsing the £75 million paid for Virgil van Dijk by Liverpool.
Further, it is believed that the Foxes would prefer to keep the centre-back but Maguire himself wishes to move to either of the Mancunian clubs.