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Man Utd transfer news: Shock claim made about Red Devils' Harry Maguire interest
 That’s the claim of the Daily Telegraph, who report that United rejected the opportunity to sign Harry Maguire at a bargain price last summer. The Leicester City defender emerged as one of the Red Devils’ main targets in the window this year but they were unable to work a deal.  In fact, United - who were also linked with moves for Toby Alderweireld, new Everton defender Yerry Mina and Jerome Boateng - missed out on a centre half altogether. The Telegraph say that Leicester would have wanted around £75million to release their star man, who shone at the World Cup for England in Russia. That would have matched the world-record fee for a defender paid by Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk back in January. And it would have been a hugely-inflated fee compared to what United might have paid to sign Maguire from relegated Hull City a year ago. They had the opportunity to bring the 25-year-old to Old Trafford for £15million, say the Telegraph. Instead, Leicester paid £12m up-front with an extra £5m in add-ons for Maguire - who enjoyed an excellent first season with the Foxes. But United’s focus last season was set on Victor Lindelof, signed for £31m with another £8.8m payable in performance-based add-ons over the course of his United career. That was having also considered a move for Michael Keane from Burnley. The United academy graduate ended up instead joining Everton. But although Jose Mourinho was desperate to recruit defensively again this summer, he was left frustrated with United unable to complete a deal. It is understood the Portuguese was told by the United hierarchy that the club would only pay big to bring in a top-quality centre-back such as Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane.  United were offered both Mina and Boateng but rejected the Colombian due to agents’ fees while they feared the Bayern Munich man’s injury history. Mourinho’s side could however return for Maguire, who is apparently viewed as a long-term project following Leicester’s eventual sale of Riyad Mahrez with Manchester City having courted the winger for 18 months. The Telegraph even claim that United did not view Alderweireld as the man to improve their defence in the long term despite the Spurs’ man’s quality.  Tottenham did not want to sell the Belgian, who has just one year left on his contract, and apparently wanted £75m to let him go. United’s summer ends having brought in three players - Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant - at a combined cost of just over £70m. The club’s only major departures thus far have seen out-of-favour left-back Daley Blind return to Ajax and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who never made a senior appearance for United, sign for West Brom. Matteo Darmian is also likely to follow the duo out of the exit door but United’s valuation has yet to be matched by any interested parties. United meanwhile could go head-to-head with Maguire tonight as they host Leicester in the first game of the new Premier League season (8pm). 


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