The deal is subject to a medical and would eclipse the current world-record £75m Liverpool paid for a defender when they bought Virgil van Dijk from Southampton. Maguire is now set to discuss personal terms with United, who are set to beat rivals Manchester City to his signature. Speaking to The Transfer Show yesterday, Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett said: “I’ve always been told throughout this process that £80m was the magic figure for Leicester to do business. It seems as though United are prepared to go there so this could happen quite quickly.”
England international Maguire, who phoned in sick for training on Monday, has four years left on his contract and Leicester’s position all summer has been that he is not for sale. The 26-year-old remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No 1 target at Old Trafford and has told Leicester he wants to leave before the transfer window shuts on August 8. Maguire is also said to be very keen on a move to Old Trafford so he can follow in the footsteps of his heroes Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. United have signed just two players so far this summer – Aaron Wan-Bissaka who joined from Crystal Palace, and Daniel James who moved from Swansea.
United are also trying to sign forward Paulo Dybala from Juventus in a swap move with striker Romelu Lukaku going the other way. The deal between the two clubs “is as good as done”, once source has told Sky Sports News, and the transfer now hinges on whether Dybala is convinced on a move to Old Trafford. Juventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici flew into London this week to hold talks with United and the two players’ agents “in order to reach an agreement and complete the exchange”.