Harry Maguire would be a good signing for Manchester United if they can lure him from Leicester City, says Wayne Rooney.
Maguire is reportedly a target for United, as well as Premier League rivals Manchester City, but the Foxes are said to value the England international at £80 million ($97.3m), which would be a world-record fee for a defender.
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Leicester have already turned down two offers for the England international, who missed training on Monday, although James Maddison joked on social media his team-mate’s absence was due to an upset stomach.
United’s need for defensive reinforcements was exacerbated on Tuesday when it was confirmed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Eric Bailly could be out for five months after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.
Reports in Spain have suggested United are interested in Barcelona and France defender Samuel Umtiti, but the club’s all-time leading goalscorer Rooney has backed Maguire to be a success at Old Trafford.
“I think Harry’s a good player and over the last few years he’s improved as a player,” Rooney said to ESPN FC.
“He’s gotten better, and he’s been a main player for Leicester City, but also for England. I think he’d be a good signing if they can get him.”
While Maguire may arrive at Old Trafford ahead of the transfer deadline on August 8, Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a move away.