Harry Maguire transfer: Manchester City ‘set to beat’ rivals Manchester United to sign Leicester defender in £

Manchester City will reportedly sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City this week for a world record fee.

Both Manchester clubs have been said to be chasing the England international, but Pep Guardiola looks to have won that race.

Harry Maguire signed for Leicester in 2017

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Harry Maguire signed for Leicester in 2017

The Mirror report the 26-year-old will join City for £80million, which would be a record fee for a defender.

It would eclipse the £75million Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk 18 months ago.

City are also thought to be prepared to pay Maguire £280,000-a-week to leave Leicester.

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He is understood to have told friends the opportunity to join the current Premier League champions is too good to turn down.

The defender only signed a new five-year deal at the King Power Stadium last September.

United have been long admirers of Maguire and tried to sign him last summer and they are set to miss out on their man again.

The man himself even responded to an article in The Sun linking him with move to the Red Devils.

Pep Guardiola is searching for a new centre-back following Vincent Kompany’s departure to Anderlecht where is now their player-manager.

The Leicester man could be seen as a long-term replacement for Kompany, who has appointed former City team-mate Craig Bellamy as the club’s U-21 coach.