Manchester United Transfer News: New Harry Maguire Bid Reported Amid Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 22, 2018

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 09:  Harry Maguire of Leicster City  runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on May 9, 2018 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Manchester United are reportedly considering a £65 million offer for Leicester City and England centre-back Harry Maguire as manager Jose Mourinho looks to reinforce his defence.

That's the figure the Red Devils are said to be willing to offer, per the Mail on Sunday's Simon Jones, who added manager Jose Mourinho would likely need to cash in on a defender first to fund the transfer.

Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling are mentioned as three players who have received attention this summer and could be sold to finance a move for Maguire, though the former has proved a top talent in the past two seasons.

Maguire's reputation was greatly boosted by a successful run to the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-finals in Russia, and Statman Dave deservedly picked the Leicester asset as one of England's top performers:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Harry Maguire's #WorldCup by numbers: 1 goal 1 assist 6 key passes 8 blocks 11 shots 11 tackles 17 clearances 35 aerial duels won Breakout player of the #WorldCup. 👏👏👏 #ENG https://t.co/3Ffr1bOndN

The 25-year-old proved to be a threat at both ends of the pitch, and the Foxes stand a chance of making massive profit on the £17 million they paid Hull City for their star one year ago.

Maguire missed out on the official World Cup Team of the Tournament, but his displays in Russia were enough to convince writers Sam Cunningham and Andrew Gibney of his inclusion:

Sam Cunningham @samcunningham

Picked my team of the tournament (4-3-3): Lloris; Trippier, Maguire, Varane, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Modric; Mbappe, Kane, Hazard. 🥫 🧢 https://t.co/5XyCZbusa4

Andrew Gibney 🦄 @Gibney_A

Ahead of the #WorldCupFinal here is my XI of the tournament. GK Subasic 🇭🇷 RB Trippier 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 CB Varane 🇫🇷 CB Maguire 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 LB Hernandez 🇫🇷 CM Modric 🇭🇷 CM Kante 🇫🇷 RW Mbappe 🇫🇷 AM Hazard 🇧🇪 LW Perisic 🇭🇷 CF Lukaku 🇧🇪 Not happy with all picks

It was less than two weeks ago the Daily Mail's Charles Sale wrote that United were readying a £50 million bid for Maguire, although that figure now appears to have been abandoned in place of a larger sum.

Either Leicester's public relations team have done some fine work in raising the required fee or the aforementioned offer was laughed off altogether, but it's clear United will need to fork out a huge sum for the player.

According to Jones, Leicester will offer Maguire a £75,000-per-week contract in an effort to convince him to stay, although United would likely be willing to beat that figure.

Bailly's two seasons at Old Trafford thus far have seen him impress when fit and on good terms with Mourinho, but journalist Ciaran Kelly took note of another central star who could have ended up at the club:

Ciaran Kelly @MENCKelly

There have been a number of 'what ifs?' when it comes to transfers but Raphael Varane has to be right up there for United. Mourinho played a key role in Madrid winning the race to sign him in 2011. How he would love him back #mufc https://t.co/lWCdO8qyp5

Alas, United are left with the likes of Rojo, Smalling and Phil Jones to sell in order to free up room and funds, and we may not see much progress made for Maguire until it's clear who will be leaving first.

The rumoured £65 million offer would be the highest fee ever paid for an English player, but in Maguire it seems Mourinho sees the future of United's defence for years to come.