Leicester and Manchester United remain locked in talks over agreeing a fee for the talented defender with the Foxes holding out for around £80m, although reports emerging last night suggest a breakthrough has been made.
And according to the Daily Mail, former Leicester owner Vichai, who tragically died in a helicopter crash in October 2018 along with four others, had struck an agreement with Maguire over his future.
The report claims the pair shook hands over an agreement for the England international to leave this summer should one of the big clubs make an acceptable offer.
And while it is a sensitive situation, it could come into play in the coming weeks should both clubs continue to stall on a decision.
Speaking about the impact of Vichai’s passing back in April, Maguire admitted he had a close relationship with the 60-year-old.
“I was close to the chairman in terms of only being there for a year or so, but there are lads that’s been three eight, ten years, and who were really close to him off the pitch as well as on it,” he said.
“The club handled it really well.
“Everyone grieves in a different way. It was a terrible time for the club.
“You never know what is around the corner. You have to take every day as it comes. Keep improving, keep working hard and see where it takes you.”
Maguire knows he must secure his transfer before the August 8 deadline and has told the Foxes he wants to leave.
United will ultimately be paying a world-record fee for a defender, with the fee surpassing the £75m Liverpool forked out to Southampton or Virgil van Dijk in January 2018.
Maguire, though, is seen as worth the money and the ideal fit for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s new-look team.
A massive £50m has already been spent on right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, meaning the two defenders will collectively cost £130m.