Ed Woodward has been left ‘stunned’ by the stratospheric valuations of Manchester United targets.
There has been much criticism of United’s approach in the transfer market so far this summer – and it does feel as though they are offering little but the illusion of intent.
Dan James has arrived from Swansea for an initial £15m, while they are close to striking a £42.5m agreement with Crystal Palace over Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
But Woodward, the executive vice-chairman in charge of transfers at the club, has been left ‘stunned by the figures being quoted for domestic players’.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad revamp centres around a young, hungry, British nucleus, with Declan Rice of West Ham and Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff also targeted.
The London Evening Standard say that Leicester’s Harry Maguire has become their ‘primary target in central defence’ ahead of Kalidou Koulibaly, but the numbers involved are proving too excessive.
United ‘believe’ they can edge Manchester City in the race for the England international, and ‘are confident they have the power to outbid the Premier League champions’. Best of luck with that.
But City are prepared to make Maguire the most expensive player in their history, with Leicester valuing him at around £90m.
The Evening Standard add that ‘neither club is willing to go that high’, but while City ‘won’t go near the £80m mark’, United’s desperation could see them offer more.