Harry Maguire’s alleged move to Manchester United has been on the cards for quite a while now.
Just over two weeks ago it seemed certain that a deal was agreed to between both clubs and that the Old Trafford outfit had convinced Leicester City to lower their asking price and settle on add-ons for the English defender.
However, since then it has been quite clear that Maguire’s asking price as put forth by the Foxes is in the vicinity of £80 million, which is reportedly £10 million shy of the price that Manchester United are willing to pay for the centre-back.
Now, Sky Sports reports that Maguire has missed a training session with Leicester City on Monday.
This could have heavy ramifications and is certainly in accordance with past trends in such cases. The player’s intent to move to United has been allegedly outspoken since the start, with certain claims even suggesting that the defender was frustrated that the Foxes were pricing him out of a move.
However, as past precedent has shown, a player skipping training sessions with his existing club usually means that a deal is on the verge of completion.
This is certainly much too deep in the window to be doing business than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prefers and United continue to be linked with a host of names. The club’s likely departures aren’t wrapped up either and just over a week remains before the end of the window and the start of the Premier League season.
Maguire fulfills a desperate need in Solskjaer’s lineup and his arrival will do the club heaps of good, particularly since last season was their worst defensive campaign in several decades.
As of such, most fans must be hoping that Ed Woodward and company quit playing the risky negotiation games and let the signing go through at last.