The frustrating transfer saga surrounding Manchester United‘s pursuit of defenders for their squad has continued through much of this transfer window.
But with the window closing soon, it’s one of those ‘now or never’ kind of moments for the Reds, who have attempted to initiate a squad overhaul for quite a while now.
Express UK are now adding fuel to the fire by suggesting that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is so keen on refurbishing his back-line, that he might be willing to part with £80 million to bring Harry Maguire to Old Trafford.
Maguire has been a target for United for somewhere around a month now, but a deal hasn’t been forthcoming because of failed negotiations between the two Premier League clubs.
The Red Devils initially wanted to pay up to £50 million for the player, but Leicester City weren’t going to budge on their value of Maguire.
The Foxes have reportedly asked for £80 million or no-deal, and United might have to agree to that valuation if they want to bring in the commanding presence of the 25-year-old, who rose to the occasion with England at the World Cup and raised many eyebrows around the world.
Maguire only moved to Leicester City at the start of last season from Hull City for around £17 million, and has since seen his value skyrocket due to an England call-up and brilliant performances at club level.
Such is his appeal that Manchester United are now willing to sell Marcos Rojo to Everton for around £20 million, so as to facilitate a deal for the English central defender.
While United have also been linked with Toby Alderweireld and Yerry Mina in recent weeks, it is clear that Maguire remains their first choice, and they have a huge decision to make, with Thursday set as deadline day.