That’s according to Sky Sports journalist Adam Bate, who thinks Leicester’s £80m valuation of Maguire reflects United’s desperation in the transfer market.
Maguire, 26, is reportedly on United and arch-rivals Manchester City’s radar this summer.
Both Manchester clubs are in need of a new centre-back; the Red Devils’ defensive woes were there for all to see in 2018/19, while City need to replace departing captain Vincent Kompany.
It looks like they will have to pay a whopping £80m, nevertheless, to prise Maguire away from the King Power – and Bate believes Liverpool supporters will poke fun at United if they meet the Foxes’ asking price.
“If they go anywhere near that money, I think Liverpool fans will enjoy it. They’ll see the funny side with the Van Dijk fee and paying more than that for Maguire”
“It’s a lot of money, isn’t it?” he said on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast.
“I think it reflects how the market is going, it reflects Leicester’s strength financially that they don’t need to sell the player and I think Man United’s desperation a little bit.
“If they go anywhere near that money, I think Liverpool fans will enjoy it. They’ll see the funny side with the Van Dijk fee and paying more than that for Maguire.
“But I think we’ve seen this month that he’s England’s first-choice defender now. He’s the only one that started both of those games.”
Bate’s comments came after it was claimed:
He continued: “He can play out from the back, he’s strong. So he’s got qualities that United would need.
“But I think at 26, I think he’s played one game in Europe in his career for Hull in the qualifying round, so it’s a step up for him to expect him to play for a club the size of United even though he’s got an international record.
“I think it’s a lot of money and there’s probably other areas they need as well. It’s a difficult one.”
According to Bate’s fellow Sky Sports report David Reed, though, both Manchester clubs are far from impressed with Leicester’s asking price for Maguire.
“We understand that they’re not particularly happy about potentially paying £80m,” he said.
“As it stands, they don’t think that he’s worth that much.
“Now from the player’s perspective, Harry Maguire is a player who is very grounded, comes from a working class town, has worked his way up through the EFL. He is not a player who will agitate for this move. I think he appreciates the step up that Leicester have given him in the Premier League.
“And from the club’s point of view, Leicester don’t want to sell him at this stage.”