Leicester City’s late transfer window business points towards a club worried about losing Harry Maguire to Manchester United before tomorrow’s deadline.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Foxes are on the brink of two defensive signings in the form of Filip Benkovic – who completed a medical on Monday – and Caglar Soyuncu as they’re braced for a late United bid for the £65million-rated Maguire.
The England international has been linked with the Red Devils on a number of occasions recently after some strong form in the Premier League last season and at the World Cup this summer, with Jose Mourinho known to be in the market for a new centre-back.
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Having kept Phil Jones out of Gareth Southgate’s starting XI in Russia – and pipping Chris Smalling to a place in the squad altogether – it makes sense that Mourinho could see Maguire as an upgrade on the pair at Old Trafford.
The Mirror suggests Leicester are making preparations for the 25-year-old’s departure, which should be encouraging for United fans hoping to see their club conduct some late business.
Bild already report that Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng has informed Mourinho he’ll be snubbing United, though another Mirror report has linked them strongly with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld.
It remains to be seen how this defender chase will pan out for United, but with the Alderweireld saga dragging on, Boateng snubbing them, and Leicester strengthening at the back, Maguire now looks a decent shout for the Red Devils.
Having risen to prominence in the Premier League with Hull and then Leicester, Maguire looks well-placed to now make the step up to a bigger club to further his career.
Leicester have already lost Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City this summer, while another star name in N’Golo Kante was poached by Chelsea back in 2016.
It would be little surprise if a quality performer like Maguire were now also poached by a bigger side, though it seems they are well prepared if he does move on, continuing some generally strong work in the transfer market in recent years.