Manchester Battle: Man City and Man United in race to sign £75m-rated ace

According to Metro News, Manchester City have made Leicester City ace Harry Maguire their first-choice to replace departing Vincent Kompany with the club reportedly set to bid for the England international.

Kompany announced his departure from the club on Monday after the 87-cap Belgium international signed a three-year deal with former side Anderlecht to become player-manager.

Maguire was keen on joining the Red Devils last summer but then manager Jose Mourinho’s side failed to meet the Foxes’ £75m valuation of the defender and was subsequently rewarded with a bumper new contract, according to the Daily Mail via Metro News.

However, the British tabloid now claims United new head-coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admires Maguire, and the Norwegian manager could sanction the lofty demands by the Foxes for the England international.

Pep Guardiola, however, appears to be one step ahead of the Red Devils in the race to sign Maguire particularly following the defender’s brilliant performance during Leicester’s 1-0 away defeat to City.

In the race for Maguire’s signature, City look to be by far better placed at the moment after the Citizens completed the domestic treble this season.

And with some expected departures on the horizon, Maguire would be guaranteed regular playing time unlike at Manchester United’s star-studded team.

While Brendan Rodgers won’t be keen on parting ways with one of his star players, the mammoth fee that would be tabled for Maguire this summer might be too much to reject.

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Author: chris darwen