Jose Mourinho passed up on the chance to sign Harry Maguire for just £60m at Manchester United last summer, a report claims.
Maguire became the most expensive defender in history when United paid Leicester £80m for him this summer, beating off competition from their rivals Manchester City.
United’s interest in the England man went back further, though – and it is now claimed that they could have signed him for £20m less had it not been for Mourinho.
According to the Mirror, Mourinho was interested in Maguire during his last transfer window as United manager in summer 2018. However, when told of his £60m price tag, the Portuguese tactician turned his back on the deal, reportedly “embarrassed” at the prospect of paying more than £50m for him.
“A move was made for Maguire in the summer of 2018 – with Jose Mourinho’s blessing,” the Mirror‘s Old Trafford insider revealed.
“But Jose’s interest in signing the player came with a proviso. He said that while Maguire was an excellent player, he wasn’t worth more than £50million.
“In fact, he said paying more than £50million would embarrass him.
“The club was armed with that valuation when they spoke to Leicester – who immediately made it clear they would not sell Maguire for less than £60million.
“The deal was dead before United had even made a formal bid – and when it was decided to move for Maguire again a year later, his price had gone up to £80million.”