That’s according to football consultant Ian McGarry, who claims the Foxes believe a club the size of United don’t need to pay around £20m of the fee in add-ons.
Maguire is set to join the Red Devils in a deal that will make him the most expensive defender in football history, surpassing the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil Van Dijk in January 2018.
However, after reports emerged earlier this week that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co had agreed a deal with Leicester and that a medical was imminent, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers denied that was the case – and Maguire then featured in their 1-0 friendly win over Scunthorpe on Tuesday.
McGarry has shed light on why the England international’s switch to Old Trafford is stalling, insisting United will need to come up with a new and improved offer to prise him away from the King Power.
“Leicester’s chairman and owner has decided that why should they wait for the extra £20m?”
“Leicester’s chairman and owner has decided that why should they wait for the extra £20m?” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“Manchester United are a club that are obviously financially wealthy and also are hopeful of course and should be selling players like Romelu Lukaku this summer for a fee similar to the one that they want for Harry Maguire.
“So that has changed in terms of the valuation of the player, the valuation of the player is still £80m but without the add-ons.
“It’s also the case that the club, and I mean Leicester City, know that their fans will be disappointed if not some of them quite angry at selling one of their best players and it’s usually good business for a club to appease that kind of feeling in the fanbase by presenting the player’s direct replacement before they sell the player who’s outgoing.
“Now, they’ve not managed to agree any fee yet or any transfer. The targets are Lewis Dunk of Brighton and James Tarkowski of Burnley.
“Neither of those players’ agreement has been reached by Leicester City. We believe Dunk is the preferred candidate above Tarkowski, but neither has been agreed.
“And therefore this will rumble on.”
According to The Telegraph, Solskjaer is considering offering Phil Jones to Leicester as part of a deal for Maguire.
Jones has struggled for consistency at United over the past few seasons and has drawn plenty of criticism from the club’s supporters, who were left bemused when he signed a new deal in February that keeps him at the club until 2023.
The Telegraph also go on to claim that Solskjaer will listen to offers for Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly in order to make room for Maguire.
If he does join, the Norwegian will have seven central defenders on his books and will undoubtedly look to ship at least one of them out.
But Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Axel Tuanzebe are reportedly not at risk of the chop.
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