Man Utd face three problems sealing Harry Maguire transfer ahead of Man City

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05.07.2019 18:39

Leicester chiefs turned away a £70million bid earlier this week, as Manchester United stepped up their attempts to sign the defender.The Red Devils will have to smash their defensive record for the second time this summer if they are to seal a deal.In fact, the Foxes are demanding in excess of £90m for Maguire, which if paid, would surpass the fee paid for United’s club record signing Paul Pogba (£89.3m).Manchester City are also in the race as they look to replace Vincent Kompany.

According to Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth, there are three potential factors that could prevent Manchester United from signing Maguire.“This will be a difficult one for United to get over the line,” he told the Sky Sports Transfer Centre.“It’s thought that Maguire’s preferred destination is Manchester City.“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.”Maguire’s desire to play Champions League football and also work under Guardiola means he prefers a move to the blue half of Manchester.Not only that, but United will have to battle against Leicester’s stubbornness during negotiatons if they are to complete a deal.

Timeline of Manchester United's interest in Maguire-Harry Maguire plays well at the World Cup with England, netting in the quarter-final against Sweden alerting Manchester United to his talents.-United make their interest official in Maguire to Leicester.-The Foxes demand £75m for the England international to leave which Ed Woodward refuses to pay.-After the transfer window officials at United claim they were ready to pay £100m for the right profile of defender. Raphael Varane is mentioned as the sort of player they wanted.-United change their plan to short-term options rather than long-term ones with Varane being a four-time Champions League and World Cup winner.-The Red Devils led by Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have their worst defensive top flight season since 1978-79.-Manchester United and Solskjaer settle on a new transfer strategy with an emphasis on young players and a preference for British additions.-United make a £70m bid for Harry Maguire on July 2 as they look to get a deal over the line, it’s rejected.

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