Maguire’s price not for City

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport - EX­CLU­SIVE BY SI­MON MULLOCK EX­CLU­SIVE BY STEVE BATES

MANCH­ESTER CITY will turn their at­ten­tions else­where if Le­ices­ter refuse to budge on their £90mil­lion val­u­a­tion of Harry Maguire.

The Premier League cham­pi­ons have made the Eng­land de­fender (above) a pri­or­ity tar­get af­ter go­ing cold on Ajax skip­per Matthijs de Ligt.

But City are un­will­ing to meet an ask­ing price for the 26-year-old cen­tre-back that is deemed ex­ces­sive.

City are pre­pared to smash the £60mil­lion club record fee paid for Riyad Mahrez last year.

But se­nior sources in­sist they have drawn up a list of al­ter­na­tives should Le­ices­ter refuse to budge on their val­u­a­tion.

City have made it clear dur­ing talks with tar­gets such as Frenkie de Jong and Alexis Sanchez in re­cent years that they are no longer a club who will break the bud­get they have set on play­ers.

Manch­ester United are also keen on Maguire, but the York­shire­man is re­ported to pre­fer a move to the Eti­had.

City, how­ever, are pre­pared to walk away if the num­bers don’t add up for the for­mer Hull and Sh­effield United star.

Le­ices­ter don’t want to sell Maguire – and their hand has also been strength­ened by the fact it is no se­cret City need a new cen­tre-back af­ter Vin­cent Kom­pany joined An­der­lecht as play­er­man­ager.

City are also wait­ing for Brazil­ian de­fender Danilo to tell them if he is un­set­tled in Manch­ester be­fore step­ping up their in­ter­est in Ju­ven­tus full­back Joao Cancelo. TOT­TEN­HAM star-spot­ter Steve Hitchin has re­jected the chance to move to Mar­seille as Di­rec­tor of Foot­ball.

But the highly-rated Spurs Chief Scout is still on the radar of Manch­ester United and sev­eral Premier League clubs – with Spurs man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino des­per­ate to keep him.

I un­der­stand the Tot­ten­ham boss per­suaded Sal­ford-born Hitchin to turn down Mar­seille’s ap­proach when they made con­tact last week.

Un­like last year, Tot­ten­ham are plan­ning a sum­mer of trans­fer ac­tiv­ity – and Po­chet­tino wants Hitchin pulling the strings.

Hitchin was in­volved in sign­ing Luis Suarez at Liver­pool and is in his sec­ond spell at Spurs af­ter pre­vi­ously work­ing un­der Harry Red­knapp, where he has re­cruited Lu­cas Moura, Davin­son Sanchez, Fer­nando Llorente and Juan Foyth.

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