BRENDAN RODGERS last night told both Manchester clubs: Cough up £80million for Harry Maguire — or forget it.
And the Leicester boss insists his stubborn club chiefs will not blink first as time runs down this season’s August 8 transfer deadline.
Rodgers, who played the England defender for 45 minutes in a 1-0 friendly win at Scunthorpe last night, said: “We don’t have to sell Harry.
“I’ve been in this situation before with players and it’s not always easy but Harry has been superb.
“It was Harry’s call — he wanted to play, even though he hadn’t been well. That says it all, he’s a total professional.
“We’ve had a chat about it, obviously and I tip my hat to him for the way he’s dealt with all this because it can be unsettling.
“Harry has been absolutely brilliant about this right from the word go.
He’s a top, top player and a top guy. I think it’s important the supporters know that.”
Rodgers revealed his club has received offers from “two clubs” for Maguire but believes while he has possession of the player, the pressure is on those interested to find the cash.
He added: “I’m relaxed about it all. We understand the situation from all points of view because United and City are big clubs, but unless they meet our valuation he won’t be sold. It’s as simple as that.”
Maguire started last night’s friendly on the bench against the League Two outfit.
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After watching new £30m signing from Newcastle Ayoze Perez score in the first half, Maguire, 26, emerged after the break.
He even had a 30-yard effort that went wildly wide before he was later winded after blocking a shot.
That prompted the Scunthorpe fans to chant, “£80million, you’re having a laugh” — to which Leicester supporters replied, “Harry Maguire, he’s worth more than you.”
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