Manchester United’s Harry Maguire pursuit key to Burnley’s Gary Cahill move

Gary Cahill’s future could depend on whether Manchester United’s lengthy pursuit of Harry Maguire is a success.

Sky Sports News understands Maguire has told Leicester he wants to leave before the transfer window shuts on August 8 and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made clear to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that he wants to sign him as soon as possible.

The 26-year-old’s potential move to the North West would likely prompt a bid from Leicester for another England defender, Burnley’s James Tarkowski – although the Foxes may baulk at the £50m release clause in his contract.

If a deal for Tarkowski to move to the King Power is agreed before next Thursday’s deadline, that would then trigger Burnley to move for 33-year old Cahill, who is available on a free transfer.

Ex-England centre-back Cahill left Stamford Bridge when his contract expired the end of last season and was a target for Fulham in the January transfer window.

Leicester will not let Maguire leave for less than £80m, which is £10m more than United have currently offered.

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