Leicester City defender Harry Maguire has been closely linked with a transfer away from the King Power Stadium this summer, and ex-Manchester United player Danny Simpson appeared on talkSPORT this morning to chat about his former Foxes team-mate.
United are known admirers of Maguire and transfer guru Ian McGarry claims the England international left Leicester’s training camp in France and will undergo a medical with the Red Devils in the next 48 hours, as per the Transfer Window Podcast.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to address the issues United have in defence and going another summer without a top centre-back arriving would be a disaster.
However, with Axel Tuanzebe returning from his loan spell with Aston Villa, the academy graduate has every chance of earning a place in the current starting eleven.
But Simpson, who played alongside Maguire for two years at Leicester but is currently a free agent, admitted he expected a top club to come in for the former Hull City man.
“I’m not surprised that United and City are in for him,” Simpson told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“For me he’s one of the best defenders.
“He’s a top lad and he’s only going to get better. He’s improving, he’s a leader and he can be whatever he wants to be.
“The way he brings the ball out from the back and organises everyone is quality.
“He wants to go all the way to the top and I think if he does go to one of those two teams, he’ll kick on straight away and take it in his stride.”
Simpson was pressed on which of the two Manchester clubs he should go to – but sounded reluctant, and stated that he is a United fan at heart.
“I’m a United fan so I’m a bit biased, but United want to get back to the top and City have lost Kompany.
“Wherever he is this season he’s going to improve that team.”