Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Pep Guardiola are both keen on the England international – but Leicester are demanding mega money for their prized asset.
They want more than the world-record £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk 18 months ago with an £80m price-tag being slapped on his head.
Both Manchester clubs are wary of forking out such a steep fee, and Starsport understand Maguire won’t throw his toys out of the pram in order to force a transfer to go through.
He’s promised Leicester top brass he won’t submit a transfer request or go on strike, but has let it be known he’s up for a move to United or City.
And Solskjaer may have an ace up his sleeve with Maguire said to have ‘ambitions to be United captain’.
The Sun report that despite coming through the ranks at boyhood club Sheffield United, the centre-back was actually a Manchester United fan who revered fellow defenders Steve Bruce and Rio Ferdinand, who both wore the armband during their Old Trafford careers.
Maguire played for Leicester away at Scunthorpe in a pre-season friendly earlier this week and Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers insists he won’t let the transfer saga drag on and disrupt their plans for the new Premier League campaign.
“Harry Maguire is said to aspire to be Man Utd’s captain”
“There are obviously targets we have in mind if Harry was to move on,” he said. “But we don’t have to sell and we don’t need to sell.
“If the valuation isn’t met, it certainly won’t be allowed to go to the very end because if we did want to bring someone in it would be too late so there will be a point in time where even if the valuation is met, it may be too late.
“Harry respects his position at Leicester and he respects what this club has given him. He wants to give everything for the time that he’s here.
“My job is to ensure that I support the player and help him be the very best and fit as he can be.
“It’s an easy task because of the way he is.We hope he’s going to be here for the first game of the season.
“Like I say, we’re all pretty relaxed because until the valuation is met, there’s not really a decision to be made.”