Man United must swoop for Maguire before he agrees new bumper Leicester deal

Leicester City are looking to tie down England World Cup star Harry Maguire to a more lucrative contract to boost his transfer value, according to the Daily Mail.

What’s the story, then?

The Mail report that Maguire currently earns £45,000 per week at the King Power Stadium but the Foxes want to make him one of their top earners on a weekly wage of around £75,000 to reflect his new global status.

The report says that the keenness to tie him down to a bumper deal despite there being four years left on his current one is to ward off interest from Manchester United.

They report that Jose Mourinho is a keen admirer and is lining up a £50m swoop, but Leicester value him more around the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk in January.

United must act fast

Maguire’s World Cup performances have already shunted his asking price up from the £16m Leicester paid last summer towards £50m in the space of just four weeks.

If Leicester do upgrade the former Hull man’s contract then it will really shove him into van Dijk territory and they have shown with the Riyad Mahrez situation that they are tough negotiators.

That all means that Mourinho must act quickly if he is to land Maguire for anything approaching a reasonable price, but maybe he could use Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo as bait in a swap deal or to raise the funds.