Maguire has informed Leicester manager Brendon Rodgers and his teammates of his decision to leave and join either United or Manchester City, with the former said to be leading the chase.
The Englishman has also conveyed to the club that he will not agitate for a move and put in a transfer request and would complete his duties with professionalism in case a deal is not agreed between the Foxes and the interested clubs.
Leicester City have promised Harry Maguire that he can leave the club if Manchester United or Manchester City pay a world record fee for the defender.https://t.co/bizHDbHRGk— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) July 15, 2019
The Red Devils have been linked with a £80 million bid for the central defender, with £60 million upfront and £20 million in add-ons. However, Leicester want between £80-£90 million, which would break the record of £75 million for Virgil van Dijk as the highest fee paid for a defender.
City have been a bit reluctant to pay over the top for the 26-year-old and while United have continued to express interest, they too are some way off agreeing a deal. With the August 8th transfer deadline now just three weeks away, it remains to be seen if he can get his move.
Rodgers, meanwhile, is not overly concerned about finding a replacement for the centre-back if he does leave, due to the presence of the promising Caglar Soyuncu, veteran Jonny Evans and youngster Filip Benkovic, with the latter having played under the Leicester manager at Celtic.
The Foxes have also been linked with a move for Brighton's Lewis Dunk in case Harry Maguire leaves, but those reports seem to be premature with no deal agreed.