Harry Maguire not in the right frame of mind for Leicester’s final friendly as he edges closer to Man United move… but clubs are still £15m apart as Foxes hold out for deal worth £95MILLION
- Harry Maguire has been left out of the Leicester squad to face Atalanta on Friday
- Manchester United’s current offer is close to £80million but Leicester want more
- The Foxes are holding out for £85m plus a further £10m in bonuses for Maguire
- United want a deal done by Monday as the end of the window approaches fast
- Lewis Dunk, James Tarkowski and Christian Kabasele are potential replacements
The offer on the table from United is close to £80m including add-ons – a world record fee for a defender – but Leicester are holding out for £85m plus £10m in bonuses.
Maguire, who missed training on Monday after calling in sick, has been left out of Leicester’s squad for Friday’s final pre-season friendly against Atalanta following talks with manager Brendan Rodgers because he is not in the right frame of mind.
Manchester United target Harry Maguire has been left out of Leicester’s friendly on Friday
Leicester want a deal worth £95m for Maguire, who is keen to make the move to Old Trafford
MAGUIRE IN 2018-19
Games played: 31
Passes per 90 mins: 60.5
Passing accuracy: 85.6 per cent
Aerial duels won: 118
Errors leading to goals: 1
*Premier League statistics only
It will also give Rodgers the opportunity to try a different defensive formation in readiness for Maguire’s move to United.
The 26-year-old has made it clear to his manager and team-mates that he wants to go this summer after Leicester rebuffed United’s interest 12 months ago. He did not feature in an official club video released on Thursday to announce the club’s squad numbers for the new season.
It only fuelled speculation that Leicester are preparing to sell Maguire as they line up a replacement from Brighton’s Lewis Dunk, James Tarkowski of Burnley and Watford’s Christian Kabasele.
United are the only club in contention to sign Maguire after Leicester’s valuation of a player who cost £17m from Hull City three years ago put off Manchester City.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to add Maguire to his defence before the window closes
But it’s understood United want a deal done by Monday or else they will not have enough time to sign an alternative target before next week’s transfer deadline on August 8.
They are still waiting to see if Juventus forward Paulo Dybala will agree to a swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku.
Dybala flew back into Turin on Thursday after a holiday, and will hold talks with Juve coach Maurizio Sarri and sporting director Fabio Paratici on Friday.
Although Sarri would prefer to keep the 25-year-old Argentine, the Italian club are ready to sell him after struggling to offload Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic this summer.
Paulo Dybala has returned to Turin for showdown talks with Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri
Romelu Lukaku (right) looks set to join Juventus if Dybala agrees to move to Old Trafford
It’s understood that Dybala is unsure over the move and wants more time to consider his future.
Inter Milan, who were favourites to sign Lukaku after failing with a £54m offer, have yet to respond to Juve’s bid for the Belgium striker.
Meanwhile, United are unlikely to sign Bruno Fernandes despite a summer of speculation linking them with the Sporting Lisbon midfielder. They have looked at Fernandes but it’s believed the interest has been stoked up by his camp.
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