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Manchester United given new hope in Harry Maguire chase as Leicester line up deals for two new centre-backs

Filip Benkovic for £13.5m and Freiburg's 22-year-old centre-half Caglar Soyuncu for £22.5m are incoming at the KP Stadium

Leicester are set to bring in two new defenders – fuelling speculation that Harry Maguire could be on his way.

Manchester United have been continually linked with the England star following his superb showing at the World Cup in Russia.

Harry Maguire is back in pre-season for Leicester and seemingly all set to face the club chasing his transfer, Manchester United

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Harry Maguire is back in pre-season for Leicester and could face Manchester United on Friday night

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Despite the Foxes insisting the 25-year-old is not for sale, it seems they could be bracing themselves for the worst case scenario.

The Mirror are reporting that Croatia U21 international Filip Benkovic has already passed a medical after Leicester agreed a £13.5m fee with his club Dinamo Zagreb for the 21-year-old.

Set to join him at the King Power Stadium is Freiburg’s 22-year-old centre-half Caglar Soyuncu, with a bid of £22.5m lodged for the Turkish starlet.

However, Foxes fans will be pleased to hear that their club is remaining firm in their stance that Maguire is NOT for sale.


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Dinamo Zagreb defender Filip Benkovic is believed to have already passed a medical at Leicester

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Dinamo Zagreb defender Filip Benkovic, left, is believed to have already passed a medical at Leicester

Caglar Soyuncu is set to join Leicester for £22.5m after Freiburg accepted an offer

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Caglar Soyuncu is set to join Leicester for £22.5m after Freiburg accepted an offer

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He has yet to play a pre-season game and only returned to training on Monday.

However the hero of England’s World Cup run only had three weeks off following England’s third-place play-off with Belgium and he has looked after himself during his well-earned break.

United are discovering Leicester’s wealthy Thai owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is willing to stand up to the Premier League’s powerhouse clubs and he is no stranger to playing hardball.

It took Riyad Mahrez three transfer windows before he was finally allowed to leave – and only then because the club grew tired of the saga.

However, after banking £60million from Manchester City this summer, the Foxes simply don’t need United’s cash for Maguire.

In fact they plan to use a chunk of it to offer the Sheffield-born defender a new contract worth over £100,000 per week, to make him one of the club’s highest earners along with Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel.


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