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News24 – Arsenal ‘bid to hijack’ Man Utd Maguire transfer as Man City also weigh in
Arsenal have tried to hijack Manchester United’s move for Leicester defender Harry Maguire with an audacious £50m bid, according to reports. Manchester United have made a £70m bid for Maguire , but that is believed to have been rejected by the Foxes, who value the England centre-back at £90m – which would be a world record for a defender. Manchester City are also reported to have made a bid of £65m plus add-ons, and have the advantage of being able to offer Champions League football. However, City are not thought to be willing to pay more than the £75m world record Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk in January last year. Unlike City, United cannot offer Champions League football – and nor can Arsenal . But that hasn’t stopped them making a cheeky £50m bid for Maguire, according to The Sun . The report claims the Gunners made their interest known last week – but their offer falls £35m short of Leicester’s valuation. Maguire signed a new five-year contract last September, but is understood to be determined to push through a move this summer, after being denied a switch 12 months ago, when United were also in for him. The player is understood to favour a move to City due to the lure of Champions League football. The prospect of working under Pep Guardiola and playing for the back-to-back champions is a big pull for Maguire, but that has not deterred United from making a move for him. Although United opened the bidding at £70m, it is understood they would be willing to go higher to secure, although they are said to be unwilling to stretch as far as £90m. City certainly do not feel Maguire is worth more than £65m and ended their interest in Van Dijk when the asking price reached £75m. The hierarchy at City do not feel Maguire is worth more than Van Dijk, which is why they are sticking to their valuation and refusing to budge, despite United’s interest potentially wrecking their move for him. Maguire’s fear is that Leicester’s exorbitant valuation of him could end up pricing him out of a move to one of the Manchester clubs and the chance to take his career to the next level.