Transfer rumours: Man United desperate to sign Harry Maguire

We round up the front and back pages across world football as Friday sees the transfer rumour mill crank into gear once again.

Leicester defender Harry Maguire.   -  Getty Images

Manchester United is desperate to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.

Maguire, 26, has reportedly told Leicester he wants to leave, with both Manchester clubs linked with a move for the centre-back. But it seems Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to bring the England international to Old Trafford.

 

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Maguire is Manchester United's No. 1 defensive target, according to the Mirror. The report says Solskjaer received positive feedback from the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young, the United trio having played with Maguire for England.

The Mirror also says United assistant manager Mike Phelan is desperate for the club to sign Maguire, who he worked with briefly as Hull City manager in 2016-17. It was reported earlier this week that United had made a GBP 70 million bid for Maguire.

ROUND-UP

- Staying at Old Trafford, Manchester United has offered goalkeeper David de Gea — who has been linked with a move away — a final GBP 350,000-per-week contract, according to The Sun.

- Romelu Lukaku is set to join United's pre-season tour despite reportedly being set for a move away. The Sun says Inter is yet to meet United's GBP 75m price tag for the striker.

- After 12-and-a-half years at the Santiago Bernabeu, Marcelo is set to leave Real Madrid. The left-back, who faced plenty of criticism during 2018-19, will leave the La Liga giant in the coming weeks, according to Sport.

- It looks set to be a busy few days for West Ham. The Premier League club has agreed to sell Marko Arnautovic to Shanghai SIPG for GBP 23m, according to the Daily Mail. The Mirror says the Hammers are looking at West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, while Football London reports the club is trying to land Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez, who was set to join Valencia.

- There could be another talented forward heading to China, with Sky Sport Italia reporting Stephan El Shaarawy has agreed to move to Shanghai Shenhua. Roma reportedly wants EUR 20m for the forward.

- AC Milan has completed a EUR 16m move for Empoli midfielder Ismael Bennacer, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, who also reports the club has enquired about Benfica's Gedson Fernandes. Still at San Siro, Sky Sports News reports Liverpool is not looking to sell rumoured Rossoneri target Dejan Lovren.

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