Manchester United consider making £65m bid for Harry Maguire

Jose Mourinho said Paul Pogba thrived because you couldn't lose concentration in World Cup environment

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is believed to be keen to reinforce his defence, and is reportedly looking to land one of three centre-backs in this transfer window.

Do the Foxes have the finances?

England global Maguire is said to be the Portuguese tactician's preferred choice in this window, but could cost the Red Devils as much as £65 million (R1.15 billion) after his impressive 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign with the Three Lions.

Leicester boss Claude Puel wants to see the club match the ambition of prized assets, with Riyad Mahrez having already left for reigning Premier League champions Manchester City this summer.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise since coming through the ranks at Sheffield United as he made his name during a three-year spell at Hull City before making a £17m move to the King Power last summer.

"I've just come back from playing at a World Cup, where I really enjoyed the high pressure of the games".

Woodward is understood to want to keep Martial and will trigger the striker's one-year extension clause, to protect United's financial investment in him, if they do not receive the fee they want.

United play AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid in the United States this month before travelling to Germany to take on Bayern Munich in their final pre-season clash on 5 August.

The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea will hold a meeting to discuss Barcelona's £65m bid for playmaker Willian.

United are expected to make a rival offer for the 29-year-old but "the lure of Barcelona is strong".

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