Leicester confident of holding on to Harry Maguire, says coach Claude Puel

Leicester confident of holding on to Harry Maguire, says coach Claude Puel

Leicester confident of holding on to Harry Maguire, says coach Claude Puel

Puel said if Leicester sells Maguire, finding a suitable replacement would be impossible before the league's transfer window closes on August 9.

Harry Maguire has received plenty of interest since the World Cup ended, but according to his current boss, that's all it will be.

Maguire joined Leicester from Hull in a £17m deal a year ago, but there are claims United would be willing to shell out £75m to bring Maguire to Old Trafford.

Leicester are poised to slap a £95,000 a week four-year deal in front of the 25-year-old - nearly doubling his current £50,000 a week wages.

The Red Devils are rumoured to be in the market to improve their centre-half options under Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho.

United were understood to be planning a £65 million swoop for Maguire that would have made him the most expensive English defender.

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Lascelles, 24, is in high demand after starring for Newcastle last season, though the Magpies are determined to keep hold of him.

The only other Premier League defender on the list is Toby Alderweireld, with the Belgian international's future at Tottenham Hotspur still somewhat unclear. Riyad Mahrez was the subject of a club-record £60m bid from Manchester City this summer.

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has stated that both Kasper Schmeichel and Harry Maguire were not for sale this summer and that the Foxes are confident of holding onto their star duo. "He is a very good player for us", Puel told Sky Sports.

'We can not lose players just a few days before the beginning of the season, ' he said.

Mourinho felt that the number of players yet to return to training because of World Cup commitments, including Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, would hamper United in the early stages of the season.

"I think we can keep both players - it is crucial for us", the Leicester Mercury quote him as saying. "He's happy to be here, this is a fantastic opportunity for him to show his talent".

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