Manchester United turned down the chance to sign Leicester’s Harry Maguire for just £15million last summer, claims the Daily Telegraph.
England man Maguire was believed to be one of the centre-backs that Jose Mourinho had on his summer wanted list, but United’s approaches were rebuffed by the Foxes despite signing two centre-backs themselves.
Leicester’s stance never swayed all summer after the 25-year-old returned from the World Cup with England with a burgeoning reputation.
The Daily Mail claimed that Maguire was confident that he would be a United player before the start of the new season when the Foxes travel to Old Trafford tonight.
United are thought to have made an offer in the region of £65milllion for the former Hull and Sheff Utd man, who signed for Leicester from the Tigers last summer.
The exclusive report claims Leicester wanted £75million for Maguire – a vast increase on the £12million rising to £17million that Leicester paid for Maguire in June last year.
Former Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare told Sky Sports yesterday that Leicester had made Maguire their number one target last summer and they managed to get the deal done, but only after United had passed up the opportunity to sign Maguire.
Instead Jose Mourinho considered a move for Michael Keane, before opting to sign Sweden centre-back Victor Lindelof for £31million.
And this time around he was left with nothing as all of his reported targets – Toby Alderweireld, Yerry Mina, Diego Godin, Jerome Boateng and Maguire – were missed.