Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has suggested Manchester United have three issues in their reported pursuit of Leicester and England centre-back Harry Maguire.
Maguire has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer, and is said be manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priority defensive target.
According to the Express, Leicester City are holding out for in excess of £90m for their star man, meaning the Reds will have to significantly up their bid of £70m for Maguire.
“It’s thought that Maguire’s preferred destination is Manchester City,” Sheth told Sky Sports Transfer Centre, as quoted by the Express.
“It’s that lure of playing Champions League football, under Pep Guardiola.
“Add to that, there’s zero pressure and zero desire from Leicester’s part to sell.
“Maguire has got four years left on his contract. Leicester are aware of Maguire’s wishes.”
It is understandable that City is Maguire’s preferred destination this summer given our current state of affairs.
The Reds will have to pay a huge fee to sign the centre-back, who may still even wait to see if Pep Guardiola’s side are prepared to match our offer.
There is no doubt Solskjaer needs another central defender this summer as the club can’t go into yet another season relying on the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling again.
Remarkably, Matthijs De Ligt would be a cheaper alternative to Maguire, but Sky Sports report that the 19-year-old has his heart set on a move to Juventus.