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Is Man United target Harry Maguire really the world's best defender?

Harry Maguire has played in a World Cup semifinal and become one of the most highly rated defenders in the Premier League, but even his most ardent supporters would struggle to argue that he is the very best at his position.

Yet if Leicester get their way and force Manchester United to pay in excess of £80 million, the 26-year-old will become the most expensive defender in the world. That would eclipse the £75m that Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk -- not only the world's best defender...

Sources: Man Utd 'miles away' from Maguire deal

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Manchester United are "miles away" from meeting Leicester City's £80 million valuation for England defender Harry Maguire, sources have told ESPN FC.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified the 26-year-old as the solution to his team's defensive problems after initially targeting Ajax and Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, who is close to completing a move to Juventus.

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Manchester United have made a £70 million bid for Leicester defender Harry Maguire, sources have told ESPN FC.

United are battling rivals Manchester City for the defender and have made a second offer after seeing an initial bid of around £40m rejected.

Maguire is open to leaving Leicester but favours a move to City because they can offer Champions League football.

He has not ruled out a transfer to United, who will play in the Europa League next season, if they can agree terms.


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Manchester United and Leicester City are £40 million apart on their valuation of Harry Maguire, with sources telling ESPN FC that the Old Trafford outfit's initial enquiry rated the England defender at half of his club's £80m price tag.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a commanding centre-half his top priority this summer, with the Norwegian keen to solve the team's defensive problems before the start of preseason training on July 1.

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Sources: United not put off by £80m Maguire price

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Manchester United are continuing their pursuit of England defender Harry Maguire despite being reluctant to meet Leicester's £80 million price tag, sources have told ESPN FC.

Maguire, along with Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, is wanted by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as part of a defensive revamp.

Manchester City are also in the hunt for Maguire, but Leicester have made it clear that it would take a huge bid to persuade them to sell one of their prized assets.

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