Manchester City have chosen Leicester City star Harry Maguire as their first choice to replace Vincent Kompany with the club ready to bid for the England international.
Kompany announced his departure from City on Monday after signing a three-year contract with former side Anderlecht to become player-manager.
Maguire was keen on a move to Old Trafford last summer but Manchester United refused to meet Leicester’s £75m valuation of the defender and he was rewarded with a bumper new deal.
Like Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is an admirer and the Red Devils are more eager to stretch to the Foxes’ lofty demands now that they need to salvage a Champions League spot next term.
According to the Daily Mail, Pep Guardiola made a beeline for Maguire after City’s 1-0 win against Leicester as he was so impressed with the defender’s performance and now wants him to move to the Etihad.
City, as expected, look the far greater attraction compared to the Red Devils at this moment in time after winning a domestic treble this season.
The club are projected to have a mini clear out and City feel the added bonus of signing a home-made player is worth paying over the odds for Maguire.
Leicester are not willing to sell Maguire but such a fee would afford them to invest in two or three other areas of the squad.
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