As per a report from the BBC, Manchester United and Leicester City have still not agreed on a fee for Harry Maguire.
United’s defensive struggles
On the back of a hugely-underwhelming campaign last time out, Ed Woodward and co. are currently in the process of rebuilding the Manchester United squad.
One area of particular concern for the Red Devils throughout 2018/19, meanwhile, was the club’s shaky backline.
The latest in a string of disappointing respective individual seasons from the likes of Phil Jones, Ashley Young and Eric Bailly saw United struggle to hold opposing sides at bay on a near-weekly basis.
This eventually resulted in the Manchester giants conceding a hefty 54 league goals, the most of the English top-flight’s top 9 clubs, and more than a United side had ever previously conceded during a Premier League campaign.
If ever you wanted to know how bad things are at United, a defender has just won our Player of the Year in the same season we’ve conceded the most goals we’ve ever conceded in the history of the Premier League.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) May 9, 2019
As such, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have since inevitably been linked with a number of potential defensive reinforcements.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has of course already made the move to Old Trafford from Crystal Palace.
And next on the wishlist of the United hierarchy is said to be a central defender.
To this point in the summer, the stopper most persistently-linked with the Red Devils has been Leicester City stalwart Harry Maguire.
Foxes’ star man Maguire was also named as a prime target for United last summer, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly just as big a fan of the talents of the English international as predecessor Jose Mourinho.
‘Apart in their valuation’
And, despite Leicester continuing to hold firm in their stance that Maguire will not depart the King Power unless his valuation is met, most are nevertheless of the belief that United will eventually strike a deal before the transfer window slams shut next month.
This is a belief which was strongly backed yesterday by Gianluca Di Marzio, when the Italian transfer expert reported that an agreement was on the horizon.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) July 29, 2019
The latest updates stemming from the English media this evening, though, suggest otherwise.
As per the BBC’s Simon Stone, the two clubs have still not agreed on a suitable fee for Maguire.
United are said to have seen a £70 million bid rejected earlier this month.
Leicester, meanwhile, are continuing to hold out for £90 million, with the Red Devils viewing such a sum as ‘unrealistic’.
As such, the Maguire saga looks set to rumble on into the final weeks of the transfer window.
Leicester City and Manchester United remain apart in their valuation of England defender Harry Maguire.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 30, 2019