Gary Lineker describes £80m Harry Maguire fee as meaningless following record-breaking Manchester United transfer from Leicester

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Gary Lineker believes the £80million Manchester United spent on Harry Maguire is totally meaningless to Leicester fans.

The Red Devils made Maguire the most expensive defender in history when they signed him on Monday, and Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers described the deal as an ‘incredible’ piece of business.

Maguire’s price tag, which eclipsed the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk, certainly raised eyebrows – but former Leicester striker Lineker asks why, questioning the relevance of such enormous fees to supporters.

“No one cares about the money,” the BT Sport presenter told talkSPORT.com.

“It’s just paper now, what does it actually mean? Does it make Man United any poorer? No. Does it make their team better? Yes.

“What’s £80m to Leicester supporters? It’s not going to do them any good. It might get them a cheaper beer at a game.

“You can say it’s a good sale for that money, but ultimately the team won’t be as strong.”


Leicester have been linked with three potential replacements for Maguire – Brighton’s Lewis Dunk, Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake – but time is running out.

The transfer window shuts at 5pm on Thursday, and Lineker insists the club must act fast.

“Leicester are in a position where if they spend that money on a player of equal stature, and there aren’t many around, then they might come out of it on top,” he added. “But only if they spend that £80m.

“They’ll need someone. They’ve got a few young central defenders, who they’ll hope will come through. They’ve got a very good young team.

Gary Lineker spoke exclusively to talkSPORT.com

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Gary Lineker spoke exclusively to talkSPORT.com

“But the other two centre-backs [Wes Morgan and Jonny Evans] are getting on a bit.”

If Lineker could choose between the three aforementioned centre-backs, he would sign Ake, however Bournemouth have reportedly slapped a staggering £75m price tag on the Dutchman.

“I personally think Nathan Ake is the pick of the three, because he’s a better footballer,” Lineker added.

“Dunk is similar to Maguire in terms of his stature, but he’s not quite the footballer that Harry is.”


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