Super Eagles star Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi has seen his Leicester City teammate, Harry Maguire, be the subject of great interest from Premier League rival, Manchester United. The Red Devils, however, have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of the England centre-back after learning the asking price for the club’s star.
There has been lots of speculation linking Maguire with a move to Old Trafford for quite some time, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has been looking to strengthen their defensive options. But a move did not come to be in the summer, with the former Sheffield United and Hull City man staying put at the King Power Stadium instead.
Meanwhile, it is understood that the Red Devils are keen on going back in for the England international again this summer, but have suffered a setback after discovering that his market value has increased from the last time they tried to get him. According to the Daily Star, Leicester are now asking for £90 million for the 26-year-old.
Maguire, who played all 90 minutes of England’s 5-0 win over Czech Republic in the opening Euro 2020 qualification match for the Three Lions on Friday, could see himself become the owner of the world record transfer fee for a defender.
The fee set by Wilfred Ndidi’s club would be £15 million more than the £75 million which arch-rivals, Liverpool, paid another Premier League side, Southampton, for Netherlands international, Virgil Van Dijk, last January.
United, who are also interested in Serie A-based duo Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli and Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar, are said to be leaning more towards making a move for Maguire due to his Premier League experience.
Also, Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers recently admitted that he is not worried about the prospect of United launching another bid for Maguire in the summer.
“They may well come in. But it doesn’t worry me,” he said. “I think all you can worry is that you make the team the very best they can be. You always have to be prepared for that moment as a club. It happens. But at this moment in time, I’m thinking about the team, and making the best that we can.”
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