The Daily Mirror claims that Manchester City has stolen the advantage over Manchester United in the race for Harry Maguire.
The Leicester City defender has heavily drawn links to the two Premier League big guns after his stellar performances in 2018 FIFA World Cup.
With the Red Devils set to pay a heavy sum for his signature, it is now being revealed that City might have the upper hand. Pep Guardiola has been eager to add the 26-year-old to his lineup since the previous summer.
Maguire remained loyal to the Foxes and signed a contract extension instead. After a year of driving his value further up, Leicester might be open to pocketing a huge profit off of the centre-half’s sale.
City will have to whip up £80m in cash to get their hands on Maguire, even though they are hesitant at this very moment.
After months of speculation regarding a busy transfer period, United have only managed to sign Daniel James from Swansea City and extend the contracts of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young – all of whom were touted to leave Old Trafford after this past season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans for the summer have not been executed to the full extent even if he has the financial backing to do so. Without Champions League football, players are sceptical about making the switch to the Red Devils, also due to the unstable managerial situation at the club.
The club maintained a 54 goal record in 38 Premier League games last season. This is a clear sign that improving the backline is mandatory. Losing out on Maguire might not be a big deal if United manage to finalise deals for some of their other top targets.