Leicester prepared to stave off Manchester United’s interest in £65m Harry Maguire as they hope centre back will line up against Jose Mourinho’s side in season opener
Leicester City insist Harry Maguire is not for sale at any price as Manchester United crank up interest in the England international.
United are willing to offer over £65million for the 25-year-old but Leicester are discussing a £30,000-a-week pay rise for Maguire and are confident they can keep United at bay until the window closes on August 9.
Leicester face United at Old Trafford a day after, on August 10, in the first game of the new Premier League season and are planning to line up with Maguire in defence.
Leicester are desperate to keep Harry Maguire in the face of interest from Manchester United
Maguire remains convinced he will make the move but United boss Jose Mourinho knows he must offload one of United’s five central defenders before he can buy.
While Mourinho is unlikely to part with Eric Bailly, the other four – Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof – are all regarded as dispensable.
Argentina defender Rojo, who returned from holiday on Wednesday, has attracted strong interest from a Premier League rival, but is reluctant to leave after signing a new contract in March.
Meanwhile, Leicester have made an enquiry for Juventus forward Marko Pjaca. The 23-year-old Croatia international also has interest from Sampdoria.
Jose Mourinho knows he must offload one of United’s five central defenders before he can buy