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Manchester United confident of signing £80m defender

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United confident of landing Maguire

Manchester United are reportedly confident of landing the signature of Harry Maguire despite the competition from arch-rivals Manchester City.

The Red Devils had an average league season where they finished just sixth and they are expected to reinforce the heart of the defence, which was one of the main concerns.

According to The Express, both United and City are said to hold an interest in the Leicester City centre-back but the former are understood to have the edge in the player's pursuit.

Pep Guardiola's side have identified Maguire as a potential replacement for the departed Vincent Kompany and they are seemingly prepared to pay as much as £65m for his services.

However, United are still said to hold the advantage over the Premier League holders, given they are willing to match the Foxes' £80m price tag for the former Hull City man.

United have made just a single signing during this summer's transfer window with winger Daniel James joining them from Championship side Swansea City.