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Harry Maguire 'to replace Marcos Rojo at Manchester United'

23 July 2018

The reports claimed that United are willing to table a £65million bid for Maguire, but will have to offload one of the club's current centre-backs to help raise the funds for the deal.

But he enjoyed an excellent season with the Foxes, trebling his value - with Leicester keen to reflect his growing reputation with a new contract to improve his wages to around £75,000-a-week.

Eyebrows were raised when Leicester paid £17m to sign Maguire from a relegated Hull City side a year ago.

England manager Gareth Southgate is known to have first selected Maguire because of his mental toughness, so he is tailor-made for the constant big-match pressures at United.

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Mourinho is said to have doubts about both Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof and also feels that the signing of Diego Dalot from Porto has relieved fullback issues sufficiently to allow the pursuit of a central defender.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Mourinho has revealed that the following four defenders that include Valencia, Bailly, Smalling and Shaw will likely tackle Leicester in their first fixture of the new Premier League campaign.

There is plenty of Manchester United-related gossip doing the rounds in the papers with the Red Devils linked with a whole host of star names.

The Portuguese was on the sidelines as the Red Devils battled Club America to a 1-1 draw in the early hours of Friday and the ex-Chelsea boss was quick to declare that his defence line for the August 10 Premier League opener against Leicester is ready.

Harry Maguire 'to replace Marcos Rojo at Manchester United'