City prep staggering bid to replace Kompany with Man Utd target

James Marshment

Pep Guardiola has made Harry Maguire his number 1 target to replace Vincent Kompany – and Manchester City are preparing a world-record approach in a bid to tempt Leicester into selling the England defender.

Kompany helped City to 10 trophies, including this year’s domestic treble, over 360 games since arriving from Hamburg in 2008.

Less than 24 hours after lifting the FA Cup, the 33-year-old announced he had been appointed as player-manager of Belgian side Anderlecht, a club he joined at the age of six.

The tributes have been coming in thick and fast for the departing club legend.

However, his absence leaves City with a gigantic hole to fill in the heart of their defence and the Daily Mail claims Guardiola is the club’s solitary target to step in as his replacement.

Maguire has established himself as one of Europe’s most stylish defenders during his time at the King Power Stadium and was one of the stars of England’s progress to the World Cup semi-finals last summer.

That has led to huge interest in the player from Manchester United, with reports suggesting the Foxes valued the 26-year-old in excess of the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in January 2018.

However, the Mail suggests City are readying an offer of £85m in a bid to tempt the Foxes to cash in and give Brendan Rodgers a massive transfer warchest of his own.

Foxes boss Rodgers insisted earlier this year that Leicester would fight to keep their top stars, but even he suggested the door may be ajar if a huge approach came in.

However, Leicester manager Rodgers has vowed that the Foxes will do their best to fend off any suitors.

“All I know is that when you have good players, they will always be of interest, and the squad is full of very talented players,” Rodgers said.

“All I can do is create an environment so that they enjoy coming to work, where they feel that they can get better.

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“From that, they grow and develop. And from then on, if players need to move on from that, it will always be a decision between the club and them.

“At this moment in time, all the players are happy and working well. We want to continue on that path. But knowing how the game works, clubs always lose players, but we will always fight to keep our best players.

“When they play to a high level consistently, that will always bring interest. The club will always do its best. You can never say the player will definitely be here. But the club will do its very best.

“All the players here enjoy playing for Leicester City, I’m quite relaxed on the situation with all the players.”


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