That’s according to Sky Sports journalist David Reed, who doesn’t think Maguire will agitate for a move away from the King Power this summer.
The England ace is attracting plenty of attention from both Manchester clubs after emerging as one of the best centre-backs in the country in his two seasons with Leicester.
But as a homegrown 26-year-old with three years to run on his current Foxes deal, Maguire won’t exactly come cheap – and certain reports suggest Brendan Rodgers’ side are demanding £80m for their star defender.
Reed claims City and United aren’t happy with that price, while insisting Leicester have no intentions of selling the player.
“We understand that [City and United are] not particularly happy about potentially paying £80m”
“We understand that [City and United are] not particularly happy about potentially paying £80m,” he said on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast.
“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.”
Reed’s transfer report comes as:
Maguire joined Leicester in a £12m switch from Hull back in 2017 and has gone onto make 76 appearances for the club.
He has also become a key member of Gareth Southgate’s England side, starting in all but one of the Three Lions’ outings on their run to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.
It is clear, then, why the Foxes don’t want to lose a player of Maguire’s quality – but Reed has revealed the player they have already identified as a potential replacement.
“As all clubs will be doing in the summer, they will have their number-one transfer plans for the summer and they will have their backup plans for the summer,” he said.
“Leicester have begun drawing up or have already got a list in front of them of the players they would want to sign and on that list will include players to cover potential departures.
“When you look at Harry Maguire, one of those players we understand is James Tarkowski of Burnley as well.
“So Leicester have plans in their mind, but as it stands Leicester don’t want to sell and the two big clubs don’t want to pay the money.
“Will there be somewhere where they can meet in the middle?”