Man United & Harry Maguire
On Sunday, the rumours started getting a lot louder.
Man United are believed to be on the verge of signing Harry Maguire from Leicester City for 80 million pounds.
On Monday, the Sun are reporting that Maguire’s Old Trafford move is virtually a done deal:
Manchester United have agreed a world-record £80million deal for Leicester defender Harry Maguire.
The England ace is set to fly to Manchester for his medical tomorrow.
Man United agree world-record £80m Harry Maguire transfer https://t.co/F6btmmdUO4
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) July 14, 2019
But have Leicester actually agreed to sell Maguire?
Unsurprisingly, others are doubting the Sun’s report.
BBC reporter Simon Stone, who is currently with Man United’s squad during their Australian tour, has thrown a spanner in the works.
He’s confirmed that “Leicester have made no bids and received none”.
Leicester have made no bids and received none.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) July 15, 2019
Moreover, Telegraph reporter John Percy has also challenged the Sun’s report.
Writing in the broadsheet on Monday, Leicester fans are told that Maguire has no intention of forcing a move to Man United:
Leicester City are confident that Harry Maguire will be committed to the club next season.
It is understood that Maguire would like a move to United, or Manchester City were they to come back into the bidding, but that he understands his club’s position and would not be a thorn in the side of Leicester were it not to happen.
Harry Maguire showing no signs of downing tools in pre-season and agitating for move as Manchester United and Leicester reach impasse over defender’s feehttps://t.co/smiudT7gkq
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) July 14, 2019
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk
Despite the counter-claims that ‘Maguire to Man United’ might not happen, most are preparing for the transfer to come to fruition.
Should that happen, Maguire would overtake Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk as the world’s most expensive defender.
Liverpool paid Southampton 75 million pounds for the Dutch centre-half.
On Monday, Gazzetta dello Sport has produced a neat graphic revealing the world’s current priciest defenders.
The graphic includes Matthijs de Ligt, who is expected to leave Ajax to join Juventus imminently.
I difensori più costosi di sempre sul calciomercato e ora sta arrivando anche il colpo #Maguire per il #ManUtd che si avvicinerà a quota 90 milioni di euro per il centrale del Leicester (#gds) pic.twitter.com/OLljS9bUV4
— Giovanni Capuano (@capuanogio) July 15, 2019