Harry Maguire 'is ready to snub a move to Manchester United
' as the Leicester
City defender looks to move to Manchester City
The two city rivals are keen on the £80million-rated England international but have been put off by the sizeable fee for a defender that Leicester are holding out for.
And according to the Sun
, if Maguire holds out for City he could find himself stuck at Leicester with the Premier League champions only willing to pay £60m to acquire him.
United are said to be the more willing of the two clubs to meet Leicester's valuation but the player is reported to be angling for a move to the blue half of Manchester.
Missing out on Maguire would represent a bitter disappointment for United having already failed in attempts to entice Ajax captain Matthjis de Ligt this summer - the Dutchman reported to be closing on a switch to Juventus.
City are searching for a replacement for Vincent Kompany after the former club captain departed to become player-manager at Anderlecht this summer.
Maguire's England team-mate John Stones is already at the club but City boss Pep Guardiola remains keen to bolster his options at centre back.
He penned a five-year deal with Leicester back in September and it would require a serious outlay to get him out of the King Power Stadium - a figure City are currently unwilling to meet.
As for United, they remain in the market for a central defender as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to prioritise young home-grown talent.
The Red Devils have already acquired Welsh winger Daniel James for £17m from Swansea City and are continuing to push for Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
United are yet to agree a fee with the Eagles but will attempt to step up negotiations with Wan-Bissaka returning earlier than anticipated following a dismal European Championships for England's Under-21s.