Leicester City defender Harry Maguire is edging closer to a move to Manchester City, with a medical with the Premier League champions pencilled in, according to the Daily Star.
Obviously, the next stage would be the medical and the fact that has apparently been pencilled in suggests it may well be all systems go very shortly.
That said, Maguire’s future has rumbled on for so long, pretty much since his outstanding World Cup last summer, that there’s every chance it could carry on – especially seeing as the report doesn’t name a day on which the medical will be.
As important as Maguire has been for Leicester, the reported £65 million the deal would be worth should enable the club to get a solid replacement in as well as strengthening another area of the squad.
They have had so much time to prepare for the eventuality of Maguire leaving that they really should have lined up an affordable and well-scouted replacement.
TeamTalk linked the Foxes with a swoop for Brighton’s Lewis Dunk recently, and even the huge £40 million reported fee would give Leicester a £25 million surplus with which to, for example, chase Youri Tielemans.
Maguire is a fan favourite and everyone connected to Leicester would hate to see him go, but the club can use the money his sale brings in to create a stronger all-round side.