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Manchester United looking at Maguire alternatives

Harry Maguire (Getty Images)
Harry Maguire (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United have reportedly been knocked back in their attempts to sign Benfica's Ruben Dias after seeing their pursuit of Leicester City's Harry Maguire come to nothing.

United are desperate to land Maguire before the August 8 transfer deadline, with the centre-half having become 'frustrated' at the move being blocked.

Various reports suggest Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have had a £60 million bid rejected as Leicester hold out for closer to £80 million.

The Foxes believe the England international should generate a higher fee than the £75 million it took Liverpool to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in 2018.

The Daily Mail say that United's latest offer of £72 million plus add-ons will therefore be rejected, as they 'need to pay a greater percentage' up front.

And now Portuguese newspaper O Jogo (via Sport Witness) claims that United have tried to sign centre-back Dias recently.

The 22-year-old's release clause is set at €66 million but the bid must have been below that as the Red Devils were knocked back by Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira.

Benfica are in no rush to sell anymore players after raising €200 million in player sales this summer and United would have to trigger Dias' release clause.

The report adds that the Portuguese outfit are in discussions with Dias over increasing his release clause to €88m – but the player is likely to want a large wage rise.

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