Man Utd target must force £80m transfer, claims former Liverpool midfielder

Harry Maguire will have to force through a move to Manchester United, according to former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam.

The Leicester City defender has been heavily linked with a move to the Reds all summer, yet no deal has been agreed between the two clubs with just three weeks before the transfer window slams shut.

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“I think he’s got to force the move because he is at the next stepping stone in his career where he thinks he is going to develop again,” Adam told talkSPORT as quoted by MEN.

“Brendan is a good manager and he will learn a lot from him.

“But playing for Manchester United is totally different, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world and the pressure, the hype of having to win every week.

“It’s a great move for him but like you say these are the last resorts – not that you want to do this and he probably doesn’t want to do this – but he knows this is the biggest move of his career. It’s the next five, six, seven years where he feels he is going to develop into a top world class centre half.”

As reported by Sky Sports, Maguire is keen to move to Old Trafford and is becoming increasingly frustrated at Leicester’s transfer stance, who have so far rejected two offers for the 26-year-old.

The report claims that the Foxes want in excess of the £75m paid to Southampton for Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk.

Maguire does not seem the type of character to force through a move to another club, so perhaps the Reds will have to spend the money demanded for the Englishman.

In a highly inflated market, the prices quoted for Maguire seem ridiculous given he has hardly proven himself as a world-class defender.

However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately needs a centre-back this summer and cannot afford to again rely on the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in defence. Maguire would still significantly improve the Reds defence and create a successful partnership alongside Victor Lindelof at the back.

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