One of the biggest transfer stories in the past month or so has been the future of Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.
The 25-year-old certainly turned heads during the World Cup in Russia and thrived in high pressure situations – a staggering quality for a player who was playing non-league football just a few years ago.
His performances earned him high praise and brought with it new offers, with Manchester United emerging as serious contenders to sign the player.
Leicester City though, haven’t made it easy for United manager Jose Mourinho, and are still holding out with a day left in the transfer window.
But it seems as though the Foxes are preparing for the worst case scenario. The Times claim that Leicester are on the verge of signing two defenders to bolster their back-line, keeping in mind the fact that a late bid from Manchester United seems like a real possibility.
Caglar Soyuncu and Filip Benkovic are the two names that the club has almost acquired, with a combined fee of £33.5 million already agreed for the duo.
Benkovic is leaving his Croatian club of Dinamo Zagreb to join the former Premier League champions, while Soyuncu is set to join from Freiburg in Germany.
The deal for the two players is significant, as with it, United will know that there is a possibility now more than ever, to swoop in for Maguire, who has hinted time and again that moving to Old Trafford would be his preferred choice rather than staying put at the King Power Stadium.
While Benkovic and Soyuncu will be brought in regardless of where Maguire ends up, a move to United seems very much a possibility if the Mancunians can match the £65m valuation of the Englishman, who sparkled under Gareth Southgate for his country.