Manchester United want to sign Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire this summer, the BBC has reported. The 26-year-old defender shot on to the global scene last year after impressive performances at the 2018 World Cup, in which he helped England reach the semi-final. It is believed that Leicester are not interested in selling the player.
United attempted to sign the defender after the World Cup last year but were put off by Leicester’s £70 million price tag. It seems that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to strengthen the club’s defence this summer and the England international is believed to still be on the club’s radar.
Maguire signed a five-year contract with Leicester last summer, leaving them in a strong bargaining position in potential transfer negotiations. United are thought to be looking to make major changes this summer with many players leaving and arriving. They have already agreed a deal in principle to sign Welsh forward Daniel James from Swansea but will almost certainly be signing others to add to the squad.
Maguire started his career at Sheffield United, where he made his debut in the Championship in 2011 at the age of 18. They were soon relegated to League One, where he established himself as a crucial player in the first team.
His star performances led to him being signed by Premier League side Hull City in 2014. After the club were relegated in the Championship that season, he helped them get back into the Premiership and was eventually signed by Leicester in 2017.
Many pundits believe that the England international would vastly improve United’s defence. It is believed that the Manchester club are also interested in signing Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.