That’s according to journalist Duncan Castles, who claims recruitment specialists in European football ‘find it bizarre’ that United are prepared to fork out so much on Maguire.
The 26-year-old has come on leaps and bounds since joining Leicester in 2017.
As well as proving a crucial member of the Foxes backline, Maguire has become a key player for England boss Gareth Southgate – starting six of the Three Lions’ seven games in their fourth-place finish at the 2018 World Cup.
Now reports are heavily linking the Sheffield-born defender with a move to United this summer.
“My sense is that it’s absurd to pay that kind of price for a player who hasn’t played Champions League football yet”
It is believed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting Maguire in an attempt to strengthen his feeble Red Devils defence, who kept a mere seven clean sheets in 2018/19.
However, Leicester are said to have slapped an £80m price-tag on his head – which has seemingly put off champions Manchester City, who were previously tipped to sign Maguire in the summer window.
Castles, though, cannot fathom why anyone would consider spending so much on a player who is yet to feature in the Champions League.
“My sense is that it’s absurd to pay that kind of price for a player who hasn’t played Champions League football yet,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“Talking to people in the European game who are paid to recruit players, they find it bizarre that Manchester United are prepared to go to that level for player.
“I think particularly when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives his first press conference in Australia on their pre-season tour and says ‘we’re Man United and we don’t have to overpay either. You have to have the right players for the right price.’
“Honestly, I don’t even think £60m straight with no bonuses is the right price for Harry Maguire.
“But if that’s the player Solskjaer is asking United to recruit and United feel that’s the solution to their defensive issues, then the test will be what happens when they get them in the team, ‘cos I really don’t see Leicester turning down £60m if they can get that kind of money for a player like Maguire – who we know Brendan Rodgers is preparing to replace anyway.”
With Maguire’s future at the King Power uncertain, Leicester have reportedly identified Burnley centre-half James Tarkowski as a potential replacement.
According to The Sun, Rodgers has Tarkowski on his hit-list, but Burnley will demand a whopping £40m for the 26-year-old.
Tarkowski has earned just two England caps in his career and was one of five players on Southgate’s standby list for the 2018 World Cup.
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