While Manchester United are still to meet Leicester’s asking price for Harry Maguire, one report from The Telegraph offers very encouraging signs.
That comes from actions at both Leicester and Maguire’s end, as opposed to anything United are doing.
Maguire won’t be involved in the Foxes’ pre-season friendly against Atalanta this weekend.
The report states this is because ‘he is not in the right frame of mind’.
Maguire is said to have previously told Leicester he wants to move to Manchester United.
The second key piece of information is that Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is happy for Maguire to miss the game.
This is because he wants to try a new defensive partnership, in the event he cannot play Maguire in the season opener, if he is sold to United.
These are not the actions of a club which is closed to a potential transfer.
The report comes from The Telegraph‘s John Percy, who is nailed on for accuracy when it comes to Leicester stories.
He claims Leicester want a price of £85 million plus £5 million in add-ons.
This is a real step in the right direction, even if Leicester’s demands are quite outrageous.
We are on record saying £60 million would have been the maximum we would have paid for Maguire at the start of the summer.
But United are now backed into a corner at this late stage of the window.
Maguire wants the move, and Leicester are willing to do business on their terms.
At some stage Leicester’s terms need to become United’s terms too, it’s how transfer deals get done.
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