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Brendan Rodgers confirms Harry Maguire bids amid Man Utd interest

By Steve Jennings

Published: 12:08, 17 July 2019

Brendan Rodgers has revealed Leicester City have already rejected two offers for reported Manchester United target Harry Maguire.

The England defender has also been linked with Manchester City but Leicester appear to be pricing him out of a move at this stage.

Will Maguire join Man Utd? Five key things to know…

  • Maguire’s performances over the last year or so have attracted interest in his services.
  • Man Utd are allegedly leading rivals City in the race to sign Maguire.
  • Reports suggest Leicester will only sell if the world-record fee for a defender is broken.
  • Virgil van Dijk’s £75m move to Liverpool is the current record.
  • Maguire joined Leicester from Hull City for just £17m in the summer of 2017.

United will reportedly have to part ways with more than the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk in January last year if they are to sign Maguire.

And according to Rodgers, the two bids received by Leicester so far have not met the club’s valuation.

“Harry’s a top-quality player and no-one has come near the valuation to tempt the club to sell,” Rodgers said, speaking after Leicester’s 1-0 friendly win over Scunthorpe United.

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“The other club interested is a huge club, but he’s a really good guy.

“I’ve been in this position a number of times and it’s never easy but he’s taken part in everything and hasn’t showed anything other than sheer professionalism. You’ve seen that tonight with the 45 minutes he played.

“The club have been very good. If we lose him, we’d have a number of targets we’d look at.”

While United are said to be Maguire’s preferred destination, reports claim Pep Guardiola is currently seeking a replacement for Vincent Kompany, who left the club at the beginning of the summer to take over as player-manager of Anderlecht.

Maguire could become the second English defender to join United in the current transfer window following Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s £50m move from Crystal Palace.