Manchester United could have signed Leicester star Harry Maguire for just £15m last summer

MANCHESTER UNITED had the chance to sign Harry Maguire for just £15million 12 months ago… but turned it down.

Boss Jose Mourinho was desperate to sign the England World Cup star this summer with a fee that could have topped a
staggering £75million.

But the United board blocked any hope of a transfer because they felt he was overpriced.

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The Portuguese boss had six central defenders on his shortlis but was left furious having failed to sign any of them.

Maguire joined the Foxes 12 months ago from Hull for an initial £12m fee with £5m in potential add-ons.

His stock has since continued to rise and his value rocketed after making Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad before starring in the Three Lions’ run to the semi-finals.

United were in the market for a new central defender last summer but decided against signing Maguire, report the Telegraph.

They instead landed Victor Lindelof for £31m but the Sweden international has struggled to make an impact since, making
just 13 Premier League starts.

Leicester boss Claude Puel was asked about speculation over Maguire’s failed move to Old Trafford and couldn’t resist a
light-hearted joke.

Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford this evening, he said: “I can confirm he is going to Manchester – but only for a couple of hours!

“I am happy to keep Harry. He is our best player. I am a football manager and I want to keep our best players for the squad and for our season. We want to keep good ambition.

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“We lost Riyad Mahrez, who was a very valuable player for us, so it was important to keep our best players and have good
additions to the squad.

“We have to prepare for this season with good possibilities.”

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