MANCHESTER UNITED are confident a compromise can be reached with Leicester in their pursuit of Harry Maguire. But they have dropped their interest in
MANCHESTER UNITED are confident a compromise can be reached with Leicester in their pursuit of Harry Maguire.
But they have dropped their interest in Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff after being quoted £50million for him.
The Red Devils had a £70m bid — including add-ons — rejected for Maguire before they left to tour Australia at the weekend.
The Foxes want £90m for the England centre-back — but there is hope a deal can still be done.
United will make a further bid before the transfer window closes, with their valuation ahead of Manchester City, who consider him worth around £65m.
Maguire would become the world’s most expensive defender, beating Virgil van Dijk’s £75m fee when he moved from Southampton to Liverpool.
But United have been put off midfielder Longstaff.
Newcastle want £50m for a player who has only nine Premier League appearances to his name for them.
United will pay £20m and thought a deal would be done.
But they were left stunned when given the valuation and will now look elsewhere.
Longstaff, 21, was also left shocked by the figure, which effectively prices him out of a dream move to Old Trafford.
There are no other clubs in for him and Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not overpay for players.
He said: “We’re still in the market looking to do some business but we’re patient, we’re Manchester United, we don’t have to sell or overpay.
“You have to have the right players at the right price. If you look at the squad we’ve got there are many good players.”
United yesterday told Inter Milan they have to find £75m or forget signing Romelu Lukaku.
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Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has held talks with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
The Italians’ manager Antonio Conte wants the Belgian, 26, to be his main man up front.
But SunSport understands United will not budge on the £75m valuation.