Man Utd’s £80m target likened to Liverpool’s Van Dijk

Date published: Wednesday 24th July 2019 10:41

Harry Maguire Leicester City

Leicester City defender Harry Maguire has been likened to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk by former England boss Sam Allardyce.

The 26-year-old has been at the centre of speculation all summer with Manchester City and Manchester United both believed to be keen to land the centre-back.

The Foxes have reportedly turned down bids in the region of £70million for Maguire and want a world-record fee for a defender – of around £80m – if he is to be allowed to leave the King Power Stadium.

The record currently stands at the £75million Liverpool paid for Van Dijk and Allardyce reckons Maguire is “similar” to the Dutch international.

“I think he’s worth £70m – £75m,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.

“He’s similar to Van Dijk, he’s very good on the ball and he comes out from the back.

“Van Dijk looks a little better since he’s gone to Liverpool and I think it would take Maguire to another level going to Manchester United and bring more out of him.

“It would be a massive move for him, but Leicester, they don’t have to sell.

“They’ve always hung out for the fee they want and got there in the end, so if United don’t have another alternative, I’m afraid they might have to pay a bit more than they expected.”

 

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