Manchester rivals set to go head to head for England defenders signiture

With England’s Nations League campaign over Manchester Rivals City and United are expected to go head to head form the signature of Leicester and England central defender Harry Maguire according to sky sports.

Both clubs are in need of a central defender ahead of next season and they are expected to open negotiations with the player and his current club with any deal expected to smash the current record for an English defender.

The only hic cup in the plan so far is like last season when United pushed for Maguires signature after standing out in England’s World cup run, his current club Leicester are reluctant to let him leave and have yet to any sort of official valuation on the 26 year old.

Despite that sources close to Sky sports believe the figure the Foxes would be expecting is in the £80m mark, which is £5m higher than the current World Record which was set by Liverpool when they took Virgil van Dijk to Anfield over twelve months ago.

That kind of figure is thought to be way out of what both City’s and United’s expectations however should anything be agreed it is sure to be higher than the £50m City paid Tottenham Hotspurs for Kyle Walker in 2017.

United boss Ole Gunner Solskjaer has been more than open about his attempts to rebuild his squad with the best young talent when possible and has Maguire ahead of Napoli’s Kalidou Kouibaly, but their current failure to make it into next years Champions League would be a major stumbling block in any attempts to sign any big name players. On the other hand Man City who walked home with the domestic triple this year can offer the realistic chance of winning the Champions League and with club Captain Vincent Kompany leaving in the summer have a vacant central defender spot up for graps.

Although Leicester have made it clear keeping Maguire is their preferred option, this isn’t always easy to do when the bigger clubs come calling and with this in mind the sources within Sky Sports believe they have already looked into potential replacements should the England defender leave this summer, with Burnley’s former England international James Tarkowski high on the list.

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