The Verdict: Can Leicester afford to lose Harry Maguire?

Leicester could be in danger of losing Harry Maguire after The Daily Mail reported that Manchester City are looking to pursue the player this summer.

The highly rated 26-year-old was one of the stars of the World Cup for England and he could now finally get his move.

However, The Daily Mail claims that any potential suitor may have to pay £75m for the player, such is the Foxes’ valuation of one of their prized assets.

Maguire cemented himself as one of the most reliable centre-backs in the Premier League last season but slightly dropped off in quality throughout 2018/19.

The ball-playing central defender, who has been capped 18 times by his country, featured 31 times in the league this term. He also scored three goals.

The report linking him with a move to City suggests that Pep Guardiola views him as Vincent Kompany’s successor.

Losing Maguire would obviously be a bitter blow but Football FanCast writers have given their verdicts on whether Leicester can afford to lose him. Here’s what they said.

Luke Glanville:

“If Leicester City have ambitions of breaking out of mid-table and into the top six, Harry Maguire is exactly the kind of player they need to hold onto. The centre-back is one of England’s first choices in central defence and at 26, still has plenty of the prime of his career ahead of him. However, having said this, Maguire isn’t quite on the level where he’s irreplaceable for the Foxes, yet. Should Brendan Rodgers choose to cash in on him, he should be able to find a couple of players able to step into his shoes – biting the bullet is certainly something Leicester can afford to do.”

Harry Sherlock:

“This is a difficult one purely because of the finances involved. He was reportedly valued at £75m last summer and one feels that a bid of that magnitude should absolutely be accepted. It would buy a replacement, potentially a midfielder (Youri Tielemans should be priority number one) and a striker to support Jamie Vardy. All for the price of a defender that had a relatively disappointing season after his World Cup heroics.”

Billy Meyers:

“Leicester can afford to lose Harry Maguire. They’ve already coped well with the departure of Riyad Mahrez by bringing in the brilliant James Maddison for a fraction of the price they sold the Algerian for, and I’m confident that they’ll be able to cope with this. With Filip Benkovic and Caglar Soyuncu waiting in the wings too, the Foxes have done enough groundwork in strengthening the centre-back department to be able to cope with a departure of this magnitude. They’ll be fine.”

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