According to the Daily Mail, Leicester City have valued centre-back Harry Maguire at £90 million, which is putting Manchester City off making a move for the defender. Manchester United are also said to be unwilling to part with such a sum to secure the 26-year-old’s services.
The Foxes are clearly desperate to hang on to the 20-cap England man. Their apparent huge valuation of him is clearly aiding them in that endeavour. However, by putting such a massive price tag on Maguire, the Midlands outfit are in fact doing themselves a disservice.
The former Hull City man is a fine defender, with excellent potential, but he is not irreplaceable. Brendan Rodgers would be wise to accept the highest bid he can attract for Maguire this summer. That would almost certainly mean selling for less than £90 million, but it would still be a substantial sum. That money could then be used to replace the defender and bolster the squad in other key areas.
If Maguire’s exit could bring, say, £70 million to the King Power Stadium, then that money could have a greater impact upon the Foxes’ prospects than the retained services of the England man.
By lowering their valuation just a little bit, Leicester could land themselves a huge chunk of money this summer in exchange for a player they could learn to live without. Maguire’s sale could arm Rodgers with the money he needs to make real progress this summer.