Manchester United and Manchester City have hit the pause button on what looked set to be the bidding war of the summer after the player they were targeting had a hefty price-tag slapped on him.
Pep Guardiola is not the kind of manager to sit back and rest on his laurels after a stellar season that saw his City side do the English domestic double, and he had earmarked a number of players to strengthen his squad.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meanwhile, is keen on a root and branch deconstruction of his ragged United side, and badly wants defenders, midfielders, wingers, strikers and whatever you’re having yourself.
Both clubs have been watching Leicester and England centre-back Harry Maguire for at least a year but his club have now priced him at €100m, with neither Manchester club happy to fork it over, according to Metro Sport.
Despite Ajax teen sensation Matthijs de Ligt hinting that he is still open to a potential move to United, who have offered a sizeable financial package, it is believed that he will ultimately move to Barcelona and so United want to keep their options open.
Jose Mourinho tried to get Maguire last summer but the board were unwilling to put up the then €85m Leicester wanted.
Now, with this new price, City have cooled their interest considerable while United are looking at alternatives.