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Man Utd handed potential transfer boost as Leicester eye £40m Maguire replacement

Manchester United may have just been handed encouragement in their pursuit for Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire.

Maguire, 26, has been heavily linked to a move to United and Man City this summer.

BBC Sport reported on Tuesday that a £70m bid from the Reds had been rejected by Leicester, who are holding out for even more for their star defender.

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However, according to the Sun, Leicester are sounding out a possible move for 27-year-old Brighton defender Lewis Dunk, who could act as a replacement for the England international.

Leicester would reportedly have to pay £40m to sign Dunk, with Brighton reluctant to see one of their key figures leave the club.

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs defensive reinforcements this summer and it seems Maguire is his prime target. Maguire would certainly be an upgrade on any centre-back at the club at their moment, but there will be concerns over just how much the Reds have to pay for the player, after a huge £70m was rejected.

The Reds will also have to fight off Man City, who may seem a more attractive proposal to Maguire given their Champions League football and already world-class squad.

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