Manchester City have made Harry Maguire their top target to replace Vincent Kompany this summer.
The Blues are in the market for a central defender following Kompany’s decision to walk away from the Etihad after 11 years at the club, with Nicolas Otamendi’s future also uncertain as he seeks more regular first-team football.
City have identified Maguire as the ideal candidate to fill the void, but the Foxes won’t let him go cheaply. The 26-year-old signed a new five-year contract at the King Power Stadium back in September 2018 and Leicester’s hand is strong when it comes to doing a deal.
Leicester are likely to demand a world-record fee for a central defender, eclipsing the £75million fee that Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk 18 months ago, and City may be reluctant to pay such a large figure, which would shatter their own transfer record of £60million for Riyad Mahrez a year ago.
Maguire was in action for England on Thursday night against Holland in their Nations League semi-final, which ended in a 3-1 defeat. England will now play Switzerland in a third-place play-off on Sunday night.
The former Hull City defender has impressed against City this season, particularly in the Etihad fixture in May when he showed his abilities to build from the back as well as his defensive quality, going on one 70-yard-run that created a chance for James Maddison.
City have identified the centre of defence and defensive midfield as two priority areas for reinforcement this summer, with Atletico Madrid’s Rodri the top target to fill the latter role.
The Blues are willing to pay his release clause of €70 million but the 22-year-old is currently considering his options. Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele and Marcos Llorente of Real Madrid are alternatives in that position.