According to The Daily Star, Pep Guardiola is keen on signing Leicester City defenders Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell for Manchester City in a bumper £125 million double deal.
It’s no secret that Man City is keen on recruiting homegrown talent, and Maguire and Chilwell are the latest English players to pop up on their radar.
26-year-old Maguire has been linked with rivals Manchester United for a long time now, but Leicester’s exorbitant £80 million valuation of him has put Ed Woodward off.
Pep Guardiola is on the hunt for a replacement for Vincent Kompany. The Belgian defender announced his departure from the Etihad at the end of the season, taking up a player-manager role at boyhood club Anderlecht.
Maguire is similar to Kompany in several ways – the former Hull City star is composed on the ball, and an aerial threat from set pieces. If City decide to meet Leicester’s asking fee, Maguire would eclipse Virgil van Dijk to become the most expensive defender of all time.
Ben Chilwell is a highly rated youngster who is a graduate of Leicester’s own academy. Over the last couple of seasons, he’s established himself as the Foxes’ first choice left back.
The 22-year-old is extremely comfortable with his defensive duties, and also tries to get forward as much as he can. He can still improve on his passing and crossing, but the potential is clearly there.
Chilwell already has 7 caps for England, a remarkable achievement considering the intense competition at the left back spot.
New Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers doesn’t want to let his star defenders leave, as he wants to build his defense around the two of them. However, the eye-watering amounts involved could persuade him to consider a sale.
Meanwhile, the Citizens are determined to hold on to Leroy Sane, who is being pursued by Bayern Munich this summer. A bid of £70.7 million was reportedly rejected – this deal could go either way.