Manchester City are in pole position to sign Harry Maguire this summer, according to bet365.
The online bookmaker have a special market available on where the 26-year-old centre back will be playing on September 3 2019, with City priced at 5/6 (1.83).
While this date is when the market will be settled, in all likelihood any move will be made prior to the Premier League transfer window shutting. This occurs on August 8, a day before the new campaign gets underway. Clubs elsewhere in Europe have an additional few weeks to complete their business.
With the departure of Vincent Kompany, the reigning champions are in the market for defensive reinforcements and Maguire would appear to fit the bill.
There is stiff competition for his signature according to the latest odds though, with Manchester United available at Evens (2.0).
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already brought in Aaron Wan-Bissaka to shore up a backline that conceded 54 league goals last term, the most of any team in the top six.
A lacklustre season means the Red Devils won't be able to offer Maguire Champions League football, but they have reportedly had a bid of £70 million rejected by the Foxes.
While United have the financial clout to pull off such a move, their cross-city rivals undoubtedly offer a better chance of silverware in the short term.
bet365 make Maguire 3/1 (4.0) to remain at the King Power Stadium for at least the first part of the new campaign.
The centre-back signed a new five-year contract in September and although that will be no deterrent to potential suitors, it does mean the East Midlands club have some leverage in terms of demanding a world record fee for a defender. Virgil van Dijk's move from Southampton to Liverpool is currently the highest price at £75 million.
bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “The Foxes don’t look in any hurry to sell a player whose value has soared since his £17 million arrival from Hull, and this market could liven up even more with Maguire shortly returning to pre-season training.”
The club have some history of fending off high-profile approaches for their players since the unlikely Premier League title win in 2016. Although eventually selling Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City in July 2018, Leicester stood firm over the Algeria international's future for a year, rejecting several bids.
In this situation though, the calibre of clubs involved in the bidding process suggests a move is more likely than not and the current market supports that view.
Other options for punters include a move to Liverpool (33/1), Tottenham (40/1) or Arsenal (66/1) but with the two Manchester heavyweights squaring off, Maguire looks destined for a move north in the coming weeks.
Odds correct at the time of publish. Please gamble responsibly.