Man Utd told to push through Harry Maguire transfer despite £90million fee

That’s the view of ESPN pundit Ian Darke.

Manchester United are believed to be close to finalising a deal for Leicester City defender Maguire, who has told the Foxes that he wants to go.

They have faced competition from Manchester City, who were apparently willing to match the fee when it was believed a £70million bid would be enough.

However, after two bids from United of £75m and £80m, it was reported that Leicester will demand £90m for the defender.

Boss Brendan Rodgers has maintained throughout the transfer saga that the club has no need to sell Maguire, and hinted that if the club doesn’t receive an offer by a certain point that they will end negotiations.

Speaking on ESPN FC, Darke told United to just pay whatever they want to Leicester, who in turn have found themselves in a financial position of power.

“If they do pay that, that’s what Leicester City want,” he said.

“The reason Leicester City can do that is because even the clubs in the middle of the Premier League have so much financial muscle that they don’t have to sell.

“Unless they get exactly what they want for Maguire, he’ll stay put.

“My gut feeling is that that deal will get done.

“If I was United, I would spend that little bit extra to get him.

“I think he’s a good lad, he’s a leader, and he can really improve them.”

Darke also discussed Matthijs de Ligt, who snubbed United to join Juventus this week.

The pundit hinted that United did what they could to sign him.

“De Ligt, I saw him playing in that Nations League game against England, and you could not believe he was 19,” Darke continued.

“He was such a powerhouse and so commanding, Juventus have got a terrific player there. If Manchester United could have signed him, they would have done.

“In the end, all things considered, he’s going to go to Italy.”

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