Manchester United handed renewed optimism they can land Harry Maguire

Manchester United
 have renewed optimism they can beat rivals Manchester City
to the signing of Harry Maguire.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the 26-year-old Leicester
City defender to become the new leader of his revamped side and United will back him with a lucrative contract offer.
Talks are ongoing between clubs with Leicester's £85million valuation the obvious hurdle as United look to strike a compromise closer to £75m.
Maguire had initially intimated he would prefer a move to City but they are reluctant to bid that high so giving United incentive to conclude a deal.
Leicester are aware the lure of a move to Old Trafford could be tempting and have been identifying options to replace Maguire with Burnley's £40m-rated James Tarkowski among them.
United, who have six centre backs in their current first team squad, are understood to have proposed players in return but Leicester would prefer a straight cash deal.
United are also expected to hold talks in London with Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio on Thursday regarding a proposed deal for Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian striker underlined his desire to leave during a meeting with Solskjaer at United's hotel in Perth on Monday but Inter have so far failed to meet United's £75m valuation.
Solskjaer and his squad were in high spirits on Wednesday though as they visited Nobu restaurant in Perth to celebrate Ashley Young's 34th birthday.

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