Manchester United retain an interest in Harry Maguire despite Leicester’s £90m valuation.
Maguire needs a transfer this summer after two fine years at Leicester, with both Manchester clubs interested.
United were convinced that the centre-half would be joining their bitter rivals but have been given a boost after City pulled out of the race.
The Daily Mail say City have ‘put a hold’ on their pursuit of the player after he was valued at £90m – a world record for a defender.
That price ‘is far in excess’ of what City want to pay for the 26-year-old, despite Pep Guardiola having identified him as Vincent Kompany’s replacement.
Having walked away from deals for Alexis Sanchez and Fred due to what they perceived as exorbitant fees, City are happy to let United feed off their expensive scraps again.
The London Evening Standard say that while United are reluctant to pay £90m for Maguire, they ‘have not been put off’.
They are ‘determined’ – there’s that word again – to sign the England international, ‘and will hope to strike a deal for less than £80m.’