Arsenal have reportedly asked Leicester if they will accept £40m for their defender, Harry Maguire.

The Daily Star report that the Gunners made a ‘£40m enquiry’ in January which to me suggests someone from the club asked the Foxes if that’s an offer they’d be interested in.

It was not.

Daily Star 17 April 2018
Daily Star 17 April 2018

The Star also report that Manchester United are in pole position to land the Englishman who they believe will cost around £50m which is just stupid money for Maguire (as is £40m) but we of course have to factor for the English premium.

Maguire is expected to go to Russia with his country this summer and a good showing there will simply raise his price more.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 23: Harry Maguire of England in action during the International Friendly match between Netherlands and England at Amsterdam ArenA also called the Johan Cruyff Arena on March 23, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MARCH 23: Harry Maguire of England in action during the International Friendly match between Netherlands and England at Amsterdam ArenA also called the Johan Cruyff Arena on March 23, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Leicester, for their part, do not want to sell any of their big stars and are rerpotedly ready to resist all offers in the same way they have with Riyad Mahrez.

Should Leicester lose Maguire, they are hoping to land West Brom’s Jonny Evans for £3m when they are relegated.

Evans is another who has been heavily linked with Arsenal but is believed to prefer a move to Manchester City.

Well you would, wouldn’t you?

Claude Puel, meanwhile, said, “Harry is a valuable player and I want to build my team around him.

  Daily Express 18 April 2018
Daily Star 18 April 2018

 

“It is important to give him a good feeling for the future.”